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Employee Receives Court-Ordered Restitution
SYRACUSE, NY-- A jury and judge ordered Albany-based asbestos abatement and demolition company Champagne Demolition, LLC and its owner, Joseph A. Champagne, to pay $173,793.84 to a former employee who was fired in June 2010 after reporting improper asbestos removal practices at a worksite in Gloversville, New York. [FULL STORY]

3M Donates $8 Million to Univ of Minnesota for STEM
ST. PAUL, MN --3M and the University of Minnesota announced a $26 million investment in the University’s Driven campaign, which spans a 10-year period, it also includes a new $8 million commitment to support scholarships and outreach programs. [FULL STORY]

Harassment, Workplace Violence among the Most Challenging for HR
NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. -- Harassment, workplace violence, cybersecurity, workforce planning, medical marijuana and the Affordable Care Act are among the most difficult HR challenges facing employers in 2018, according to a new XpertHR survey of over 1,000 human resource professionals. [FULL STORY]

ASSE Launches Search for New Executive Director
PARK RIDGE, IL -- The American Society of Safety Engineers is working with executive search firm Korn Ferry to hire its next executive director. Dennis Hudson, ASSE's current executive director, is set to retire in April after two years in that position and 10 years at the Society overall. [FULL STORY]

Managing Pain from the Demands of Work
HAMILTON, ON -- The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety launched the e-course, Managing Pain from Physical and Psychosocial Workplace Demands, to help workers, including managers and supervisors, better understand the impact that common physical and psychosocial demands in the workplace can have on musculoskeletal disorders. [FULL STORY]

Ecolab Expands U.S. Pest Elimination Business
ST. PAUL, MN -- Ecolab Inc., water, hygiene and energy technology and services provider, has expanded its U.S. Pest Elimination business through the purchase of three strategically aligned U.S. pest services businesses that provide specialized capabilities in food storage. [FULL STORY]

MSHA Announces Annual Winter Alert Campaign
ARLINGTON, VA -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced its annual Winter Alert campaign, reminding miners and mine operators of the increased hazards that colder weather creates at both surface and underground coal mines. [FULL STORY]

NSC Personalizes the Worst Drug Crisis in Recorded U.S. History
ITASCA, IL -- One in four Americans has been directly impacted by the opioid crisis, but 40 percent still do not consider it to be a health and safety threat to their family, according to recent National Safety Council poll results. [FULL STORY]

Rockford Announces 2018 Industrial Machine Safeguarding Seminars
ROCKFORD, IL -- Rockford Systems, LLC returns in 2018 with a comprehensive seminar schedule for professionals in the EH&S, plant management, insurance and metal fabrication industries. [FULL STORY]

ProcessMAP Named a Leader in the Verdantix EHS Software Benchmark
SUNRISE, FL -- ProcessMAP Corporation, provider of enterprise data intelligence cloud software platform for Risk, Health, Safety and Environmental management, was named a leader by independent research firm, Verdantix, in the firm's EHS Software Benchmark: Health, Hygiene & Ergonomics report. [FULL STORY]

Insider News...
Fall Protection Training Clarification References ANSI/ASSE Z359

In a recent letter of interpretation addressed to the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has indicated that fall protection trainers who are compliant with ANSI/ASSE Z359 (fall protection/arrest) and ANSI/ASSE Z490 (OSH training) will meet the definition of qualified in the agency’s Walking and Working Surfaces rule.

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