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Hands Free Cell Phone Use While Driving – Maine’s New Law In Effect In September

Aug 15, 2019

https://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280070901

Bangor Daily News Article:  https://bangordailynews.com/2019/07/10/news/state/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-maines-new-law-banning-handheld-phones-while-driving/

Governor Janet Mills signed the bill into law June 27th and it will go into effect 90-days after signing (end of September).  The law complements other distracted driving rules already in place:

https://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/programs/distracted_driving.html

Are your company policies and driver practices consistent with what is on the books?

#safedriving #textanddrive #handsfreecellphone

 

Maine Roofer Hit with $1.8 Million OSHA Penalty

Jul 16, 2019

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/06/12/saco-roofer-whose-worker-died-in-fall-faces-nearly-1-8-million-in-fines/

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/05/28/roofer-charged-in-fatal-fall-faces-2-5m-wrongful-death-lawsuit/

https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region1/06122019

From the Portland Press Herald (see the link above)

By Guy Burdick – Portland Press Herald – Jun 21, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking nearly $1.8 million in penalties from a Maine roofing contractor following a worker’s fatal fall. The agency cited Shawn D. Purvis, owner of Purvis Home Improvement Co., Inc., for 17 egregious willful, repeat, and serious workplace safety violations.

Maine Governor’s PFAS Task Force; Maine DEP Hearing on Designation of (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) PFOS as a Priority Chemical; and about PFAS

Apr 20, 2019

Executive Order 5 FY 19/20 created the Governor’s Task Force on the Threats of PFAS Contamination to Public Health and the Environment (Task Force). Follow the link for task force meetings, materials, etc.:

https://www.maine.gov/pfastaskforce/   #PFAS #PFOS

On the hearing previously held this Spring, and links to resources:

Dates for Planning – Updated 11/16/19 – Chapter Technical Meetings, Professional Development and More

Aug 21, 2018

Welcome!  This Page Lists the following:

  • Maine Chapter ASSP Technical Meetings 2019-20 Schedule
  • Maine Chapter ASSP Technical Meetings 2018-19 Schedule
  • Ongoing Resources
  • 2019 Calendar Listing (current, and what was)

 

Resources for planning in workplace violence, active assailants, shooters – Updated 12/6/19 new webinar listings

Aug 15, 2018

If you are planning or reviewing your school, business, or other venue’s prevention and response effort to a violent encounter on the premises (with no particular endorsement implied by ASSP/Maine Chapter ASSP) the following resources are among those available for study:

NFA ODP EMI courses held through the NH Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/fstems/NFAEMIODP.html  including AWR-148 Crisis Management for School Based Incidents, ALERRT: Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE) Train-the-Trainer, and AWR-313 Homemade Explosives: Awareness, Recognition, and Response (HME).  Seats may be available for out of state attendees to these courses, contact the agency.

OSHA SLTC – workplace violence page and links – https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/

An ASSP technical report is in development around the issue. https://www.assp.org/news-and-articles/2018/03/01/active-shooter-technical-report-in-development-to-improve-workplace-safety The technical report is available as of February 2019 at https://www.assp.org/standards/standards-topics/active-shooter-technical-report

Maine Dept.of Education bulletins on School Safety & Security https://mainedoenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/School-Safety-Vol.-4-Emergency-Operations-Planning.pdf and news generally https://mainedoenews.net/category/content-area/operations/health-and-safety/page/2/  and https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares/school-preparedness

ASIS Int’l published its ANSI/ASIS/SHRM Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention standard in 2011 –  available through https://www.asisonline.org/publications–resources/standards–guidelines/  ASIS Intl https://www.asisonline.org/