Regulatory Roundup, September 11, 2015

Regulatory Roundup is Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of environmental health and safety news from around the word.

Texas Mutual News

When thunder roars, get indoorsLightning strike victims can suffer brain injuries and nerve damage for life.

Lightning strikes are on pace to more than double the average in recent years. Texas Mutual encourages everyone to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones…MORE

Collin, McLennan County policyholders earn share of Texas Mutual’s $225M dividend distribution
The dividends are based largely on each qualifying Collin and McLennan County policyholders’ workplace safety record.

 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Freight exemption could occur if railroad safety deadline not extended
U.S. railroads may not be obligated under federal law to carry freight including crude oil and hazardous materials if they fail to meet a year-end deadline for implementing positive train control technology…MORE

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

FRA to spend $10 Million to improve tracks along energy routes
The FRA is soliciting applications for $10 million in competitive grant funding available to states to improve highway-rail grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy products like crude oil and ethanol. Highway-rail grade crossing collisions are the second-leading cause of all railroad-related fatalities…MORE

 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Policy change affects anhydrous ammonia retailers
The policy would require retailers of anhydrous ammonia to comply with the same regulations as manufacturers and wholesale distributors of the fertilizer. Facilities that derive more than 50 percent of their income from direct sales of anhydrous ammonia to end users were notified in an OSHA memo July 22 that they will no longer be eligible for a retail exemption and will have to meet OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard by Jan. 21…MORE

Updates to OSHA 1910.269 carry obligations for employers
Updates to OSHA’s electric power generation, transmission and distribution standard require electrical workers who could be exposed to electrical arc to wear flame-resistant/arc-rated clothing. Employers were required to provide the clothing by Aug. 31, 2015…MORE

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

CVSA to host Operation Safe Driver Week October 18-24
Law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico will increase traffic safety enforcement and offer safety education programs during the week. The goal is to increase commercial and non-commercial vehicle safety awareness…MORE

Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

CSB sets Houston meeting on DuPont La Porte release
The CSB will hold a public meeting Sept. 30 in Houston to consider recommendations following the methyl mercaptan gas release that killed four workers at the DuPont La Porte facility…MORE

 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH to develop best practices in motor vehicle safety in the oil and gas industry
Motor vehicle accidents account for 29 percent of workplace fatalities in the oil and gas industry. NIOSH is forming a work group to create and disseminate best practices in motor vehicle safety for the industry…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

10 automakers commit to including automatic emergency braking (AEB) on all new vehicles
AEB systems use on-vehicle sensors such as radar, cameras or lasers to detect an imminent crash, warn the driver and, if the driver does not take sufficient action, engage the brakes…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Study shows link between exercise, fewer slips and falls
Falls are the third-leading cause of accidental death for Americans between the ages of 45 and 64. Regular exercise can reduce the risk, according to a study by the University of Miami…MORE

Get free safety training resources for Spanish-speaking construction workers
Each resource describes an actual on-the-job accident and suggests control measures…MORE

Free webinar explains most common respiratory protection mistakes
Respiratory protection is the fourth-most cited OSHA violation. In this free webinar, you will learn how to avoid The Dirty Dozen – the 12 most common mistakes respiratory protection users make…MORE


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