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Historic Reversal by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
TORONTO -- The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board announced a policy clarification which will address issues raised in a class action lawsuit. The clarification changes the Board's practice of reducing benefits paid to workers based on pre-existing medical conditions, which had never caused impairment prior to the workplace accident. [FULL STORY]

OSHA & NAWIC Renew Alliance to Protect Female Construction Workers
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration  and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) recently renewed their alliance to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers. [FULL STORY]

Executive Director Honored with IOSH Distinguished Service Award
PARK RIDGE, IL -- Executive Director Dennis Hudson of the American Society of Safety Engineers has been honored with the President’s Distinguished Service Award by the U.K.-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). [FULL STORY]

WSPS Generates over $7.4 Million in Safety Rebates
TORONTO -- In 2016 Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Safety Group earned $6.1 million dollars in rebates, the group surpassed that number earning $7.4 million in rebates in 2017 with the support of WSPS. [FULL STORY]

Registration Opens for ASSE’s Safety 2018 in San Antonio
PARK RIDGE, IL --  Registration is now open for ASSE’s Safety 2018 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in San Antonio. [FULL STORY]

SCG affiliate acquires Custom Equipment, Hy-Brid Liftss
PLYMOUTH, MI -- An affiliate of Stratford- Cambridge Group (SCG) has acquired Custom Equipment, LLC, (Custom, headquartered in Richfield, Wis., with an additional manufacturing facility in West Bend, Wis. [FULL STORY]

Cal/OSHA Issues Advisory for Worker Safety in Wildfire Regions 
OAKLAND -- Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions must be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke.  [FULL STORY]

AHA Recognizes AlloSource for Workplace Health Achievements
CENTENNIAL, CO -- AlloSource announced it received recognition from the American Heart Association for promoting a workplace culture of health and well-being. [FULL STORY]

Valence Advises SK Capital on Acquisition of Fire Safety Businesses
NEW YORK -- The Valence Group acted as lead financial advisor to SK Capital Partners on its announced acquisition of the Fire Safety and Oil Additives businesses of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (“ICL”) for approximately $1 billion. [FULL STORY]

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]

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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