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U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

January 16, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers...

Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

'Leap Second' Could Pose Web Problems This Summer

January 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Prominent websites and apps could once again face problems this summer when officials tack an additional second onto Tuesday, June 30. That date, however, also could be the last time the issue of the "leap second" pops up, depending on the outcome of a vote by an international...

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Recalls Of The Week: Wrapping Up A Record Year

January 16, 2015 10:11 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

So far, 2015 is off to a pretty good start in terms of recalls. At least compared to last year. Last year was a spectacularly bad year in recalls. In an article on the innovation and optimism at the Detroit Auto Show this week, AP’s Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher wrote, “Even record recalls that involved...

SAP Conference For Environment, Health, And Safety Management

January 15, 2015 4:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Events

Join T.A. Cook and SAP, at the annual SAP Conference for Environment, Health, and Safety Management, taking place in New Orleans on February 24-25, 2015. At this event you will you will discover how your organization can leverage SAP EHS to improve business performance. The event will kick-off with four...

7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 10:28 am | by Deborah Grant, Industry Marketing Manager at Loftware | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). There are also a multitude...

Chipotle: Pork Pulled From A Third Of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos...

Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 13, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study. The analysis, compiled by Pittsburgh-based Wombat Security Technologies with Boston research firm the Aberdeen Group, showed altering employee...

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Obama's Cybersecurity Proposals Receive Mixed Reviews

January 13, 2015 2:42 pm | by Jack Gillum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is proposing cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats. But an Associated Press review shows that some of his plans are retreads from years past. Privacy advocates criticized...

Poll Shows Support For Labeling Foods With GMOs

January 13, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of participants in a recent national poll favored requiring labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms. According to the December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of a respondents favored requiring labels for GMOs, while only 7 percent opposed such...

DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed To Toxic Gas For Years

January 13, 2015 7:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years. The Houston Chronicle found that DuPont reported exhaust and...

Recycling Plant Owner Admits Illegal Chemical Dumping

January 13, 2015 7:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of an El Dorado plastics recycling company will be sentenced March 30 for dumping hazardous waste chemicals. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Brian Riley, of Andover, also was ordered to pay $118,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riley pleaded guilty Monday to negligent...

Interview With New U.S. Auto Safety Chief Mark Rosekind

January 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. But after a week on the job, Rosekind says he discovered the shortages are much worse than he thought. Rosekind, 59, who leads the...

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EPA Proposes Limits To Chemicals Used In Consumer Products

January 12, 2015 2:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced steps allowing it to limit the use of toluene diisocyanate, a common chemical in commercial products which the agency said can cause asthma and lung damage. The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the...

Obama: With Tech Advances Come Privacy Risks For U.S.

January 12, 2015 1:56 pm | by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed strengthening laws against identity theft by requiring notification when consumer information is hacked, providing more free access to credit scores and protecting students' private data. Obama said identity theft is a growing problem that costs billions...

Work Expected To Resume Soon At IA Plant Damaged By Explosion

January 12, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported. Nulex spokesman...

Nitrogen Leak At LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not...

After 2 Workers Injured, 1 Fatally, OSHA Cites MFG Chemical Inc.

January 9, 2015 2:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

OSHA has issued MFG Chemical Inc. citations following an incident involving the release of chemical vapors from an over-pressurized reactor, which left one worker hospitalized and another dead from burns in his respiratory system. After a media referral alleged that a chemical release had...

Recalls Of The Week: From Leaky Cars To Poisoned Apples

January 9, 2015 12:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week kicked off 2015 well, with only a few major recalls in the automotive and food manufacturing industries. Yesterday, the AP reported that Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs to fix an issue with the brake line. The brake line can rust, which could cause fluid leaks...

3 Executives Charged In WV Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

January 8, 2015 5:43 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives charged in a chemical spill last January in West Virginia pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday. The pleas come a day after an FBI affidavit was unsealed, saying Freedom Industries knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant more than a decade before the spill, but...

Honda Fined $70M For Not Reporting Death, Injury Complaints

January 8, 2015 1:45 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims. The Japanese automaker...

5 Steps To Creating A Culture Of Product Safety

January 7, 2015 5:10 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President, Stericycle | Articles | Comments

In-house legal teams are faced with product recalls from time to time, especially in the consumer products sector. If you’ve been through a recall, you know it’s something to avoid if at all possible. Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense...

Blast At WA Natural Gas Facility Costs $69M In Repairs

January 7, 2015 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Williams Northwest Pipeline is spending $69 million to repair damage from an explosion that injured five people at a natural gas facility last March in eastern Washington. A pressure vessel ruptured, throwing a piece of shrapnel into a liquid natural-gas storage tank at the processing...

FTC Chief Says Gadget Industry Must Prioritize Privacy

January 7, 2015 8:20 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

While gadget companies are celebrating a coming bonanza of health trackers, connected cars and "smart" home appliances, the head of the Federal Trade Commission is pressing the tech industry to protect consumer privacy. Powerful networks of data sensors and...

Rocket Problem Postpones SpaceX Launch To Space Station

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX called off a supply flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble, another delay in the delivery of groceries and overdue Christmas presents. The countdown was halted just over a minute before launch when a steering mechanism in the rocket malfunctioned...

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