Regulatory Roundup, March 17

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA training institute promotes grain engulfment prevention

Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins. During the week of March 27, the OSHA Training Institute’s education center at UT-Arlington will host a stand up for grain engulfment prevention event to get workers involved in preventing injuries and fatalities. They have plenty of ideas for company participation and even offer a certificate of participation…MORE 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Exoskeletons are joining the workforce

Wearable exoskeleton devices have the ability to enhance the power of their users and potentially reduce musculoskeletal injuries. The market for industrial use of these devices is expected to increase over the next five years and NIOSH has plans to continue researching their benefits and risks…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC creates new page for Zika

Recently, the CDC released a new webpage allowing users to search by location or click on a map for travel recommendations regarding Zika. Pop-ups contain information on the risk of Zika in that area as well as a link to the page for that country…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Plans for automation in transportation

The Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation is working on plans for the future involving autonomous vehicles. Chris Spear, the president and CEO of the American Trucking Association and a member of the panel, explained that widespread adoption is still years away, but technology is headed in the right direction. Systems like stability control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking are improving safety and efficiency…MORE

TDI provides eye safety tips

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is helping by providing five eye safety tips to focus on this month. They include information on assessing the workplace, planning ahead, protecting workers, using corrective lenses and ensuring a good fit…MORE

Training tips for the aging workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 44 percent of the workforce is between 45 to 55 years old. Because older workers tend to have decreased strength, reduced fitness and poorer vision and hearing, EHS Today states that training programs may need to be revisited and tailored to their needs. Falls, musculoskeletal issues and ergonomics-related problems should receive greater focus…MORE

ASSE explains what the budget means for safety

The Trump Administration recently released its first budget for fiscal year 2018, which doesn’t target OSHA specifically, but could have other repercussions. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) released an article explaining how the budget would specifically affect safety. …MORE

Regulatory Roundup, March 10

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Save the date for Safe+Sound Week

OSHA, NSC, AIHA, ASSE and NIOSH are sponsors for Safe+Sound Week, which is scheduled for June 12-18. It’s a week-long event, aimed at promoting the value of workplace safety and health programs. Employers are encouraged to host events and promote the core elements of health and safety programs…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New version of EVADE software released

NIOSH originally developed its Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software for use in the mining industry. The software is used to determine where occupational exposures are high and was designed to work with Helmet-CAM systems. The newest version of the software, EVADE 2.0 is able to match video footage and exposure data for dust, diesel, gases and sound. It’s now useful not only for the mining industry, but also construction and oil and gas…MORE

NIOSH will conduct free health screenings for coal miners

In response to the recent rise in pneumoconiosis (black lung), NIOSH will be offering free health screenings for coal miners starting March 26. The confidential testing will be done in mobile units at community and mine locations, and will consist of a chest radiograph, respiratory assessment questionnaire and spirometry testing…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Spring forward, safely

This weekend, we will turn our clocks forward an hour for the start of daylight saving time. This small shift is known to throw off people’s sleep schedules and increase fatigue. Studies have detected increases in motor vehicle incidents and workplace injuries during the week after the time change …MORE

Distracted driving and walking make for a bad combination

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 fatalities involving distraction-related vehicle crashes in 2015 (the most recent year for which data collection is complete). Additionally, the number of pedestrians treated in emergency rooms after being injured while walking and using their phones doubled between 2005 and 2012. Researchers believe that the combination of distracted drivers and walkers is increasingly alarming and points to the need for a cultural shift…MORE

NSC survey shows impacts of drug misuse

Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) surveyed employers about drug misuse in their company. About 70 percent of employers responded that prescription drug misuse has an impact on their workplace. The survey also showed that over 80 percent of participants are missing at least one critical element in an effective drug policy. The NSC offers resources to help employers with policies and other information…MORE

Honeywell director of hearing conservation explains hearing protection

Occupational Health & Safety Magazine spoke with the director of hearing conservation at Honeywell to identify critical steps for selecting, fitting and properly wearing hearing protection. The article discusses different types of hearing protection and explains the importance of teaching employees how to find a good fit…MORE

This Week in Comp, March 3

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Newest recordkeeping rule is closer to being overturned

The most recent OSHA recordkeeping rule clarified employers’ obligation to record workplace injuries and illnesses. If passed, it would allow OSHA to issue citations for inaccurate or missing entries at any point within the five-year retention period, instead of following the current six month statute of limitations. However, on March 1, the House of Representatives voted to block the ruling…MORE

Delay proposed for Beryllium rule’s effective date

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed delay for the effective date of the beryllium rule from March 21, 2017 to May 20, 2017. The delay is in accordance with a White House memorandum issued in January that directed the department to review any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone their effective dates. OSHA has stated that this delay will not affect the compliance dates of the rule…MORE

OSHA is still not accepting electronic submissions

Many people are patiently awaiting the new injury tracking application, which OSHA had previously said would be released February 2017. OSHA has finally updated their recordkeeping page, but only to state that they are not accepting electronic submissions at this time and updates will be posted when available…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC supports World Hearing Day

According to the CDC, hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the U.S. The World Health Organization celebrates World Hearing Day every year on March 3rd to bring awareness to the causes and impacts of hearing loss. This year’s theme is “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment,” and the CDC is helping by releasing statistics, resources and other information about this health concern…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH seeks input on PPE-Info Database

NIOSH’s Personal Protective Equipment Information Database (PPE-Info) serves as a compilation of regulations and standards for PPE. NIOSH plans to expand the functionality of the database and they are looking to users for improvement ideas. Comments must be received by April 13…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Professionals provide tips for workplace safety committees

Safety+Health magazine recently released an article pinpointing seven tips that make an effective workplace safety committee. The tips are a combination of guidance from the National Safety Council and from two other safety professionals with many years of experience. They explain everything from creating a curriculum to rotating out committee members…MORE

March is Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute has set six specific goals for National Ladder Safety Month. They include overall goals for the industry of decreasing the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities and increasing the number of trainings and inspections. One of their more specific goals is to increase the usage of their free online training modules…MORE

This Week in Comp, February 24

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

ladderOSHA holds symposium for ladder safety month

The American Ladder Institute has declared March 2017 to be the first annual Ladder Safety Month. In accordance, OSHA staff is holding a safety symposium next week, on March 2, to discuss their experience with ladder-related tragedies as well as accident prevention methods. The discussion will also be livestreamed online…MORE

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

New app allows users to access electrical codes on the go

A new app allows electricians and other professionals to access the NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) from an iOS or Android device. It costs $95 and includes search options, a table of contents, internal links and zoom and scroll functions, and even highlights the specific changes from the 2014 NEC…MORE

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

distracted-driver-1NTSB releases the most wanted list for 2017-2018

In 2015, about one in ten deaths on the nation’s highways were estimated to involve distracted driving. The NTSB highlights safety issues each year on its most wanted list, and has kept distracted driving on the list for the past four years. To put a stop to this dangerous trend, they urge a combination of education, enforcement and legislation to bring about a cultural change…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Earlier kick detection could prevent oil and gas well incidents

During a recent forum hosted by the Ocean Energy Safety Institute, researchers presented a risk model arguing that earlier kick detection could help prevent loss of well control during offshore oil and gas operations. It is important to improve kick detection capabilities because even though many control loss incidents are resolved quickly, some trigger fires or explosions… MORE

cell-phoneNew apps for workplace safety and training

The Department of Labor & Industries released two new free apps for IOS and Android devices. The first is called WA-HSEQ and it provides a tool for prompt reporting of observations and near misses. It allows users to complete reports, include pictures and send them to others. The second app is called SafeMe and it provides entry level safety training…MORE

lightbulbThe key to lower rates of injury

EHS Today published a story recently about several companies that found ways to improve their employees’ morale and significantly reduce injuries by showing them that management was invested in their safety. One company stopped penalizing employees regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), instead teaching them how the PPE protected them and purchasing non-slip shoes for everyone. Another company bought lightweight garbage bags to prevent employees from overloading them and injuring themselves while trying to lift heavy bags…MORE

Utah company shares a safety success story

A company out of Utah implemented a management-based safety approach when they partnered with OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program and ended up reducing their incidence rate by 60 percent. Their success came from a combination of new training programs, increased employee involvement and improved corrective action after audits and investigations…MORE

 

This Week in Comp, February 17

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

earplugsCDC hearing loss page provides crucial information

About 40 million people have noise-induced hearing loss. The CDC’s hearing loss page contains statistics and noise level information in common terms in order to bring awareness to the potential of being affected. It also provides tips on how to prevent hearing loss and what healthcare providers can do to help…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

February Research Round is released

NIOSH releases a monthly bulletin on their research called Research Rounds. This month’s Research Round discusses core competencies for protecting young workers, ventilation during surgical procedures, lower back pain due to lifting and recommendations to minimize exposure to dry cleaning chemicals…MORE

FireNew workplace solutions for fire fighters

From 2001 to 2015, 81 fire fighter training-related fatalities were investigated. NIOSH recently released a five page document on the prevention of fire fighter deaths and injuries during training exercises. The document includes case studies as well as suggested controls and recommended practices for fire departments…MORE

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

AIHA holds congressional briefing on silica ruling

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica dust, or respirable crystalline silica. On February 15th, AIHA hosted a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to focus on the new silica rule and serve as a case study. Former AIHA president Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP and former OSHA assistant secretary of labor, David Michaels, PhD, MPH, addressed the attendees…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

car-crash-emergency-workersMotor vehicle deaths are on the rise

Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that about 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That’s a 14 percent increase over 2014 and the most escalated two-year change in 53 years. The NSC also released a survey this week showing the probable culprits of this rate increase: speeding, texting and driving while impaired by marijuana or alcohol…MORE

Preventing occupational skin disease

Occupational skin diseases, like dermatitis or skin cancer, are the second most common type of occupational disease. The majority of these diseases are caused by chemical agents, but luckily they can be controlled or prevented by substitution, administrative controls or personal protective equipment…MORE

Infographic on workplace injuries

The NSC produced an infographic on the number of injuries in American workplaces. It’s a visual reminder of the importance of increased workplace safety and shares information such as the common injuries that keep workers away from work and the top three events resulting in lost work days…MORE

This Week in Comp, February 10

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at ext. (512) 224-3986.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC releases a hazard scale for radiation exposure

The CDC has developed a tool for communication during nuclear and radiological emergencies. The radiation hazard scale provides a frame of reference for radiation hazards in terms that the general public can understand. It is designed for use when exact radiation exposures are not available for specific individuals…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

FireGet outreach materials for Burn Awareness Week

Burn injuries are one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the United States. Open flame burns, scalds, electrical burns and chemical burns account for the majority of these injuries. This week is Burn Awareness Week (February 5-11) and the U.S. Fire Administration is providing outreach materials for use at home and at work…MORE

The future of the safety industry

Workplace safety has increased tremendously over the past few decades, but we still have a long way to go. Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America released an article about what steps have been successful and where we should look for future improvements. It highlights the legislative model, but also explains the crucial connection between worker safety and public health…MORE

slipsResearch on slip-resistant footwear

A research organization, IRSST, produced a pamphlet offering guidance on choosing the best slip-resistant footwear for any given task and environment. The pamphlet details the necessary steps that should be taken before making a purchase, such as considering risk factors and finding the proper sole…MORE

New study on desks could lead to healthier workdays

Ergonomics has become a large concern over the past decade, especially with more sedentary offices. The Texas A&M School of Public Health has a research team studying the way people use their computers, from how many times people change positions down to where their eyes fall on the screen. The hope is that these metrics will help produce technology that will encourage ergonomically friendly behavior…MORE

The theory of back belts

In 2015, there were 155,740 back injury incidents on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many people are at odds over whether or not back belts are a safe solution. NIOSH has been fairly firm in their stance that they are not recommended and several studies have shed doubt on whether they offer protection…

This Week in Comp, February 6, 2017

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Posting season has begun

As of this week, employers who are required to keep records should have posted the Form 300A, or summary of work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA’s website can help answer recordkeeping questions…MORE

safety-inspectorOSHA consultation program helped over 27,000 employers

During the 2016 fiscal year, OSHA’s free on-site consultation program helped more than 27,000 small to medium-sized companies create safer workplaces. Consultants reported that they were able to help eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards throughout their visits…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

truckNIOSH focuses on the health of truckers

Seven out of ten long-haul truckers are considered obese and are at risk for major health problems. NIOSH created an infographic to help explain the issue and how to prevent it. It ties in well with the month of February being American Heart Month…MORE

New progress performance one-pagers

NIOSH released new Program Performance One-Pagers, or PPOPs, describing the impact of Centers for Agricultural Safety & Health. The one-pagers outline the program’s safety and health priorities and major activities in addition to highlighting accomplishments and noting future plans…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA proposes new rules for chemicals

This past month, the EPA proposed three rules regarding prioritizing and evaluating chemicals. The proposed rules contain an inventory rule, a prioritization rule and a risk evaluation rule. It would require manufacturers and importers to notify EPA and the public of what chemical substances out of EPA’s inventory are still being produced. Additionally, it would allow EPA to better designate chemical substances as active or inactive…MORE

 Studies, Resources, Trends, News

 Add some stretching into your day

Workplace musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs, account for more than 30 percent of all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. But these injuries can often be overlooked, especially when compared to the more high profile hazards like falls. Safety and health professionals are looking for methods to prevent these disorders and encourage the implementation of stretching programs in the workplace…MORE

Construction workerNear full employment leads to less qualified workers

According to a Wall Street Journal study, businesses are spending more time training workers than they were a year ago. With unemployment rates at the lowest in nine years, companies are finding that the labor pool has been drained. Many companies are spending significantly more time and money training new employees because they can’t find workers that are completely qualified from the beginning…MORE

Fitted eyewear required

In 2014, there were 23,730 eye injuries that required time away from work. OSHA reminds us that eye protection can be useless without a proper fit, leading to preventable accidents. New employee orientation should always include training on the proper use, fit and maintenance of personal protective equipment…MORE

 

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