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January 18, 2019
OSHA announced that its civil penalties will increase by just over 1 percent for 2019, with a new maximum single-violation penalty for willful and repeat violations of $132,598. The new levels will take effect when the Final Rule is published in the Federal Register, which will not occur until the partial government shutdown ends.

January 17, 2019
An American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) panel began work on developing standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs. The expert panel endorsed three sets of existing guidelines and standards. However, it also identified issues it felt existing standards did not adequately address.

January 15, 2019
The physical demands of advanced manufacturing can lead to worker fatigue, which can result in worker injuries and loss in productivity. Body sensors could help detect signs of fatigue and call attention to the need for interventions, according to a study released by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

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January 02, 2019 (Proposed Rule) - FMCSA proposed to amend its Hazardous Materials Safety Permits regulations to incorporate by reference the updated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) handbook.

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OSHA Challenge
Which requirements of the crane operator certification rule finalized in November 2018 take effect on February 7, 2019?
• Training requirements
• Certification criteria
• Evaluation and documentation requirements
• Employer duty to ensure that crane operators are able to safely operate assigned equipment
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