Public Works


  • ISO Publishes First International Standard for Passenger Lifts

    Dr. Gero Gschwendtner, chair of the ISO technical committee that developed the standards. said the harmonization of the existing standards removes the barrier to international trade and ensures the same safety level for stakeholders all over the world.

  • WorkSafeBC Strengthens PFD Regulations for Fishing Vessels

    "Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in British Columbia, and drowning is the leading cause of death among B.C. fishermen," said Patrick Olsen, manager of Prevention Field Services for WorkSafeBC. Between 2007 and 2018, there were 24 work-related deaths in the commercial fishing industry, and 15 of those were drownings, the agency reported.

  • ELDs Mandatory in Canada Starting in June 2021

    "These new mandatory logging devices in commercial vehicles will improve safety for drivers and for all Canadians," said Marc Garneau, Canada's minister of Transport. "We know that fatigue increases the risks of accidents, and that is why we are taking action across all modes of transportation."

  • Public Hearings Set on L&I's Proposed OT Reforms

    "The current system is out of date. It's at risk of failing tens of thousands of workers by broadly defining what a white collar worker is, which allows businesses to pay salaries that may be even less than minimum wage," said L&I Director Joel Sacks. "We want to make sure that people who legitimately deserve overtime get paid for the extra hours they work. Washington's minimum wage has been updated repeatedly for decades; this hasn't been. This proposed rule links future salary thresholds to the minimum wage."

  • OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards: New Solution to a Very Old Problem

    Virtually all portions and requirements of OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards are now in effect and enforceable, so immediate compliance is imperative.

  • Creating Efficient Lockout/Tagout Training That Adheres to NFPA 70E

    When it comes to LOTO training to follow the NFPA 70E standard, three types of employees need to be covered.

  • NYC Readying Big School-Zone Speed Camera Expansion

    Starting July 11, school-zone speed cameras can operate year-round on all weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., including summer and school vacations.

  • FAA Changes Recreational Drone Rules

    Until further notice, ATC facilities will no longer accept requests to operate recreational drones in controlled airspace on a case-by-case basis. Instead, FAA is granting temporary airspace authorizations to fly in certain "fixed sites" in controlled airspace throughout the country.

  • Cannabis Forum Highlights 2019 World Standards Week

    The American National Standards Institute has announced the schedule of events for World Standards Week 2019, which is set for Nov. 4-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. A Legal Issues Forum concerns cannabis regulation and standardization.

  • Expert Panel to Issue Safety Recommendations for Autonomous Vehicles

    "Autonomous vehicles and burgeoning safety technologies hold tremendous potential for saving lives on our roads, but public understanding of what these vehicles are – and aren't – capable of is paramount toward achieving these benefits," said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA's executive director.