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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they’ll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering surrounding communities.

Sporadic shortages at some tanker bases in Oregon and Utah have already been reported. The worry is that multiple bases go dry simultaneously during what is shaping up to be a very busy wildfire season in the U.S. West. Tanker bases in Arizona, where many large fires are burning, have also had jet fuel supply issues in the last month.

“We haven’t run into that before,” said Jessica Gardetto, a National Interagency Fire Center spokeswoman in Boise, Idaho, and a former wildland firefighter. “It’s a scary thought, with all the shortages going on right now.”

It’s not clear if jet fuel supplies and delivery systems can be bolstered in time for this wildfire season to avoid potential problems keeping firefighting aircraft aloft if multiple large fires break out around the West.

Read more: AP News

Workplace violence has occurred at one-third of small businesses, HSB reported on the results of a survey of owners and managers, and many worry the problem is getting worse.

The HSB poll by Zogby Analytics found 34% of the small and mid-size businesses responding had experienced at least one serious employee threat or violent incident. Workplace violence is increasing, according to 31% of the business representatives, while 41% believe the consequences are becoming more severe, in terms of lower employee morale, retention, lost productivity, and lost sales and profits.

Half of the business managers think workplace violence is random and 40% expect the stress and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic will make violent incidents more likely in the future.

Read more: Security Mag

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will be deploying touchless, badgeless building access for all staff at their home, Banc of California Stadium. The facial authentication technology will provide a frictionless access control experience that is more secure and hygienic. The technology will reduce touchpoints while streamlining building access protocols, and provides LAFC with a future-proof security solution.

As businesses begin resuming on-site operations, health and safety is top-of-mind. According to one survey, two-thirds of employees have safety concerns as they return to on-site workplace participation, prompting business leaders to take steps to improve their holistic safety landscape.

Read more: Security Mag