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Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 3:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with "The Alternative," a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly. It's become more relevant in the wake of high-profile police shooting cases...

Fire, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames. Other drivers ran to help but were...

Report: Children's Product Manufacturers Largely Don't Report Recalls On Social Media

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturers who produce children's products that have been placed under recall largely aren't using social media to inform consumers about those safety issues, a consumer watchdog group has found. According to the annual report by Chicago-based Kids in Danger, although...

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Take It From Freedom Industries: How NOT To Handle A Major Chemical Accident

February 11, 2015 9:54 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it were funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is...

Samsung: Smart TV Could Be Picking Up Everything You Say

February 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Samsung’s privacy policy for their smart TV includes some disturbing fine print—that the TV’s voice command technology could be collecting anything it hears you say, and passing that information on to the third party responsible for transcribing voice commands. The policy warns customers to refrain from discussing private or...

New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

The marijuana market has been evolving quickly since it became legal for recreational use in 2014. Since then, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with using them and having them in your home. After many incidents where kids accidentally ate edible marijuana products led to a string of emergency...

Food Scares Take A Bite Out Of McDonalds' Sales

February 9, 2015 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food-quality scares are hurting McDonald's in China and Japan, where weakness contributed to a key global sales figure falling 1.8 percent. The world's largest hamburger chain said sales dropped 12.6 percent in January at locations open at least 13 months in the division that includes the Asia region. That overshadowed a 0.4 percent rise at U.S. locations...

Health Care Records Make Fertile Field For Cyber Crime

February 9, 2015 10:24 am | by Tom Murphy, Brandon Bailey, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands. Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses...

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Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 8, 2015 7:29 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Senate report says automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect against the real possibility that hackers could use those potential entry points to take control of vehicles or steal personal data. Sen. Edward Markey asked automakers a series...

Obama Budget Includes Extra Funding For OSHA

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal includes a $1.3 billion funding increase for the Labor Department — including millions to bolster the department's regulatory oversight agencies. Of the department's proposed $13.2 billion funding level, $1.9 billion would be allocated to worker protection agencies such as the...

What Is At Stake In The Anthem Insurance Hack?

February 6, 2015 9:37 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Earlier this week, health insurer Anthem had around 80 million personal records stolen in a disastrous hack. It does not appear that medical information was hacked, but other valuable personal information like Social Security numbers, names, and addresses of Anthem customers has been compromised.  Investigators are now trying to pinpoint...

Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November. U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigator Dan Tillema said in a news briefing Thursday that the events...

Questions And Answers About Oil Waste In CA Aquifers

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated press | News | Comments

California, the country's third-largest oil-producing state, has improperly given oil companies more than 2,500 permits to inject production fluids and oilfield waste into underground water supplies that are used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show. Nearly half of those disposal...

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Takata Expects Worse Red Ink Amid Global Air-Bag Woes

February 5, 2015 10:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Takata Corp., the Japanese seat belt and air-bag maker at the center of a defect scandal, is expecting more red ink for the fiscal year through March. It is projecting a 31 billion yen ($264 million) loss, worse than the previous forecast for a 25 billion yen ($214 million) loss, despite higher sales expected for the fiscal...

New Alliance Aims To Protect Workers, First Responders From Hazardous Fertilizers

February 4, 2015 5:31 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

In one of the latest moves to improve chemical safety standards by bolstering coordination and information sharing among federal agencies, OSHA and the EPA recently signed an alliance with Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners to improve safety when handling dangerous fertilizers. The alliance will seek to provide better safety...

Death Reported At Altoids, Life Savers Plant

February 4, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Wrigely Manufacturing plant, the home of Altoids and Life Savers, has had a reputation for being a dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this past week when a 54-year old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months. The details of the employee Wallace Scarbro’s death...

Survey: Americans Do Not Recognize The Threat Of Cyberattacks

February 4, 2015 2:56 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

According to a SurveyMonkey report from last week, people are less concerned about cyber attacks right now than they were a few years ago, despite the fact that high-profile cybersecurity breaches are happening more often. Why are people so passive about cyber threats? SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg posits that perhaps people...

White House Budget Would Boost Labor Regulators

February 4, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal includes a $1.3 billion funding increase for the Labor Department -- including millions to bolster the department's regulatory oversight agencies. Of the department's proposed $13.2 billion funding level, $1.9 billion would be allocated to worker protection agencies such as the...

New Rule Allows Idaho Dairies To Dump Waste Without Losing Permits

February 4, 2015 10:41 am | by Kimberlee Kruesi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies that are part of Idaho's $2.4 billion dairy industry are no longer at risk of losing their operating permits if caught illegally dumping waste into streams and waterways. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee approved new rules Tuesday that would no longer allow the Idaho State Department of Agriculture to revoke...

Exposure To Common Pesticide Linked To ADHD

February 4, 2015 9:46 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

A pesticide that’s often used in and around homes across the U.S. has now been linked to an increased risk of ADHD. In a report published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Rutgers scientists and colleagues from Emory University, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Wake Forest University released...

How To Minimize Your Supply Chain's Exposure To Extreme Weather & Natural Disasters

February 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Howard Sosoff, Clark Schweers | Articles | Comments

From Hurricane Sandy to Typhoon Haiyan, there is no denying that extreme weather is almost a yearly expectation. Weather- and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971 according to the World Meteorological Organization. For companies leveraging...

Obama Proposes New Food Safety Agency

February 2, 2015 12:09 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants to create a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and...

$2M Innovation Challenge Seeks Advanced Materials To Protect Football Players From Brain Injury

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

GE, the NFL, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched a new open innovation challenge seeking to protect athletes, soldiers and workers in dangerous jobs from traumatic brain injuries. The challenge will focus on developing advanced...

OSHA Slaps Georgia-Pacific Chemicals With 11 Safety Violations, $60,500 In Fines

February 2, 2015 9:59 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

There are a lot of ways formaldehyde can be dangerous: It can irritate the skin, and burn the eyes, nose and throat; it can be a fire or explosion hazard; and if swallowed, it can be deadly. Formaldehyde was one of the toxic chemicals that OSHA says Georgia-Pacific Chemicals exposed its workers to by...

More Than 2M Vehicles Recalled A 2nd Time For Faulty Air Bags

January 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota...

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