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Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm | by IMPO Staff | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, despite their critical role in manufacturing, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s information technology network, making the endeavor costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient.             

New Safety Requirements for Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.   

Safety Agency Probes Ram Pickups

May 23, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating older-model Ram pickup trucks with manual transmissions because the engines can be started without the clutch being depressed.                        


Toyota Recalling Over 430K Vehicles

May 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 430,500 vehicles for three separate safety problems.                                                    

FAA Too Reliant on Boeing for Battery Test

May 22, 2014 1:33 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787's lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says.                             

Aide: GM Probe Near End

May 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.                

Egg Company, 2 Execs Charged in Salmonella Outbreak

May 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against an Iowa egg company and two executives blamed in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people.                            

Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              


PetSmart, Petco to Stop Selling Treats Made in China

May 21, 2014 9:34 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

PetSmart is the latest major pet food retailer to say it will stop selling dog and cat treats made in China because of continuing fears of their safety.                             

GM Adds 218K Cars to Growing Recall List

May 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact cars is the company's 30th this year, bringing the total number of recalled GM vehicles in the U.S. to around 13.8 million.                       

Adult Portable Bed Handles Recalled After 3 Deaths

May 20, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 113,000 adult portable bed handles used to help people get into and out of bed are being recalled following reports of three deaths.                                 

GM Recalling 2.4M More Vehicles

May 20, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest action brings the total number of vehicles GM has recalled this year to 13.6 million, a new record for the automaker.                                    

Minnesota Banning Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps

May 20, 2014 9:56 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan, a common germ-killing ingredient, in most retail consumer hygiene products.                 


1.8M Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

May 19, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.                 

Kraft Recalling Cottage Cheese Due to Poor Storage

May 19, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some ingredients used in Kraft Foods Group cottage cheese brands were not stored in accordance with proper temperature standards at a Tulare, California, manufacturing facility.                      

Hyundai Recalls 137,500 SUVs

May 19, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs because the air bags aren't correctly mounted to the steering wheel.                                      

GM Investigation Reveals List of Banned Words

May 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.                     

Railroad Wants to Send Oil to Town Where Derailment Killed 47

May 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company purchasing the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec plans to resume oil shipments after track safety improvements are made, the firm's top executive said Friday.        

Texas Agency Says Firefighters Unprepared for Blast

May 16, 2014 10:13 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The firefighters who tried in vain to stop a burning Texas fertilizer plant from exploding weren't prepared for the dangers of the blaze, which was too big for them to fight, state investigators said in a report released Thursday.        

6 Injured in Explosion at Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers have been injured in an explosion at a Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill, fire officials said. One worker was critically burned in the Thursday night blast.                        

GM Recall Total Hits 8.5M

May 15, 2014 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors added two recalls Thursday to its growing list for the year, pushing the total number of vehicles called back for fixes in 2014 to more than 8.5 million in the U.S. alone.                   

Cabela's Recalling Electronic Jerky Blasters

May 15, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cabela's is recalling approximately 600 electronic jerky blasters because of a possible fire hazard.                                            

Agency to Report on Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that then exploded have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.                      

Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                    

Porsche Sued Over Crash That Killed Paul Walker

May 13, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.             

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