News and Notes
New CDC Web Page Focuses on Workplace Tobacco Smoke. A new CDC / NIOSH web page provides resources to help employers and workers prevent workplace exposures to tobacco smoke and to encourage workplace-based smoking cessation programs. It includes a link to The Surgeon General’s December 9, 2010 report on tobacco smoke and health that provides the latest findings about the adverse effects of even small amounts of tobacco smoke. Visit the new page here.
National Demolition Association Launches Online Training. The National Demolition Association now offers the construction industry an online training system with more than 2,000 educational courses validated by industry experts. The system covers such topics as safety and health, environmental and information technology. The courses are available to NDA members and the industry at large. Learn more here.
DOT Proposes Hand-Held-Cell-Phone Ban for Commercial Truck / Bus Drivers. The DOT has proposed a new safety regulation that would specifically prohibit interstate commercial truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The proposed rule would prohibit reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a CMV. Drivers who violate these restrictions – and motor carriers that allow drivers to do so – would face stiff fines and/or license suspensions. Approximately four million interstate commercial drivers would be affected by this proposal. Learn more here.