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Cigarette Maker Lorillard Bans Animal Testing

February 25, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. has banned animal testing following discussions with an animal rights group that has raised concerns over industry studies in which animals were forced to inhale cigarette smoke, eat tobacco, and have cigarette tar painted on their skin.

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

Beijing Issues Rare Air Pollution Alert

February 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rare alert issued Friday was an "orange" one — the second-highest in the four levels of urgency — prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks, and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.        

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Chevy Believes Pinched Wire Caused Pace Car Fire

February 21, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevy unveiled its latest pace car lineup Thursday, the same day it said a pinched wire likely caused a trunk fire in the Chevrolet SS pace car during the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona on Saturday.            

EPA Seeks Tougher Safety Standards For Farmworkers

February 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.

9 Tactics To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

February 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc. | Articles | Comments

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your operation’s manufacturing safety is a well documented, practiced, and backed up process? How do companies achieve a level where they can boast of safety as one of the operational backbones, that itself in many cases becomes a competitive advantage?

Porsche Tells 911 GT3 Owners To Stop Driving Them

February 20, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Porsche is asking owners of its 911 GT3 models to stop driving them because they can develop engine problems and catch fire. The German sports car maker says it will pick up the cars and take them to a dealership for inspection.       

N.Y. Settles Probe Of Generic Drug Manufacturers

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.              

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Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Officials said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users.            

NASCAR Automotive Tech: Future Safety Advancements

February 20, 2014 9:37 am | by NASCAR | Videos | Comments

Engineers at NASCAR discuss the newest trends in automotive racing safety, including updates to safety nets and a redesigned windshield.                                 

1,800 Golf Carts Recalled Due To Safety Risk

February 18, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that various sizes, models, and colors of its 2012 Precedent 12 golf and transport vehicles are being recalled. The hip restraint on the passenger side of these vehicles can fracture, which puts passengers at risk for a fall.

Chevrolet Assessing Pace Car Fire At Daytona

February 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dan Gelston, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The fire in the pace car started right before the third segment of the Sprint Unlimited race. Flames could be seen shooting from the rear of the car as it sat on the apron. A replacement pace car was brought out to finish the race.      

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China City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on its microblog account.                      

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Asbestos Suit

February 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.                

Report: Engines Failed On Helicopter That Hit Pub

February 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday.                         

U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

U.S. Ends Probe Of Chrysler Engine Stalling

February 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into engine stalling in some Chrysler cars after the company extended the fuel tank warranty. The probe covered nearly 154,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum cars from 2006.

Nissan Recalling Over 18,000 Vehicles In Japan

February 13, 2014 4:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.

Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 13, 2014 3:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

End users use air guns or homemade devices to clean that are unsafe and do not meet OSHA regulations. For example, we have seen a device constructed out of a ball valve and a piece of pipe. If the tip on this homemade device were to become blocked, full line pressure would be built up behind the blockage — this could be hazardous.

China Announces $1.6B Air Pollution Fund

February 13, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund will be set up to reward rather than offer subsidies for the prevention and control of air pollution in the key areas, according to a statement released after a Wednesday meeting of the State Council led by Premier Li Keqiang.     

Toyota Recalls 294,000 Vehicles

February 13, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup, and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. Some 260,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S.        

GM Recalling Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

February 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem.          

Lexus Tops 2014 Vehicle Dependability List

February 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability. It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.

W.Va. Coal Prep Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

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