Regulatory Roundup, September 4, 2015

Regulatory Roundup is Texas Mutual’s weekly digest of safety and health news from around the world.

Texas Mutual News

Let’s take the anonymity out of workplace violence
Stopping Domestic Violence
Workplace violence perpetrators too often become public figures, while their victims remain largely anonymous. Perhaps if we could put a name and face with victims, we would allow ourselves to be moved from passive observers to active participants in finding a solution to workplace violence…MORE

Breathe Easy: It’s N95 Respirator Day
Approximately 20 million workers are exposed to airborne health risks every day. Any idea which respirator the majority of those workers turn to for protection? If you guessed N95s, you’re right…MORE

Visit Work Safe, Texas
Work Safe
September updates to our public safety website include a disaster preparedness video, an article on protecting yourself from drunk drivers this holiday weekend, and tips for avoiding slips, trips and falls…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH rolls out Spanish-language safety materials
NIOSH’s multimedia tools include booklets, brochures and real-worker testimonial videos, all in Spanish. Each resource has gone through extensive testing with the intended audience…MORE

NIOSH recommends LEV to reduce dust exposure in highway construction
NIOSH researchers have documented respirable crystalline silica exposures for workers operating dowel drilling machines of up to 26 times the REL during full-depth pavement repair, and up to eight times the REL during new runway construction. Local exhaust ventilation dust control measures reduce workers’ exposure to hazardous dust, according to NIOSH…MORE

NIOSH to study injuries and accidents in oil fields
OilfieldStarting in 2016, NIOSH will distribute questionnaires to 500 oil field workers in North Dakota, Texas and one other state that will be determined in the coming months. NIOSH will ask workers the hours they work, whether they wear protective gear, and whether employers typically provide written safety policies and make their employees aware of their right to stop a job when they spot a potential safety hazard. Truck drivers in the industry will be asked whether they are paid by the hour or the load and whether their employers require them to drive in bad weather…MORE

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Joint employers: Changing the name of the temp game
The NLRB recently ruled companies that use temporary agencies are considered “joint employers.” As such, they share responsibility with agencies for liabilities regarding temporary workers. In addition, temporary workers who unionize have the right to bargain with the parent company and the temporary agency…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Free webinar addresses hazard communication inspection procedures
OSHA will host the webinar at 2 p.m. ET, Sept. 9. Presenters will discuss enforcement procedures and the requirements for manufacturers and importers to develop compliant safety data sheets by June 1, 2015…MORE

 Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA proposes rule to prevent crushing, pinning deaths and injuries
The MSHA has proposed a rule that would require haulage machinery in underground coal mines to be equipped with technology that prevents miners from becoming struck, pinned or crushed…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Groups divided over hair sampling for truck driver drug tests
Congress is considering legislation that would allow the DOT to recognize hair samples as an alternative testing method to urine samples, which detect drug use for only two to three days. Hair samples can detect drug use for up to 90 days…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Companies turn to athletic trainers to keep industrial athletes injury-free
healthy livingProfessional athletes put their bodies through the ringer a few hours a day. The typical employee is hard at work for up to 10 hours a day. The result can be debilitating musculoskeletal disorders. Many companies are turning to athletic trainers to keep industrial athletes injury-free and on the job…MORE

Baby’s on the way—What about your respirator?
The fit-tested model of respirator provided before pregnancy will continue to fit a pregnant worker as long as she follows medical guidelines for healthy weight gain during pregnancy, according to a preliminary NIOSH study…MORE

Is 911 your best confined space rescue option?
The majority of 911 responders are firefighters, not confined space rescue experts. Consequently, 60 percent of confined space fatalities involve rescuers…MORE

Underage, unlicensed truck driver reveals what really happens on the roads
Truck on freeway
Truck drivers often alter hours of service numbers or keep two sets of books. Some also counter long hours with amphetamines to stay alert on long trips, according to a former driver…MORE

2015 on track to be deadly driving year
Traffic deaths are 14 percent higher through the first six months of 2015 than they were during the same period in 2014. Serious injuries are 30 percent higher, according to the National Safety Council…MORE

Driver’s ‘selfie’ attempt causes crash
Maine State Police have issued a distracted driving summons to a man who they say crashed into a tree while taking a “selfie” with his passengers, injuring several of them…MORE

New technology helps oil and gas industry settle the dust
An emerging industry is helping oil and gas companies protect workers from silica exposure. Crews keep fracking sand in a box resembling a metal freight container. When they are ready for the sand, they release it from the bottom of the box using gravity, not air pumps…MORE

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