Regulatory Roundup, September 18, 2015

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

Texas Mutual News

Jefferson County policyholders earn share of Texas Mutual’s $225M dividend distributionThis is the 17th consecutive year the board has voted to distribute policyholder dividends, bringing the total to $1.8 billion. The company has paid the majority of that total – over $1 billion – since 2010.

Dividends are based largely on qualifying policyholders’ workplace safety records…MORE

Cliquish geese, safety search engines and noisy workplaces
On a recent ride-along with Al Capps, David Wylie learned two important lessons. One involved a serious safety issue that can affect any industry. And the other, well, you’ll have to visit out blog to find out…MORE

Turn it down, please!
Hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States. It affects about 22 million Americans each year and costs businesses $242 million in workers’ compensation benefits…MORE

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

FAA revises guidance for safely taxiing, towing aircraft
The guidance includes newly defined items such as airport operations areas and non-movement areas. It also offers guidance for towered airports regarding non-pilot workers and equipment in the runway safety area…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH blog offers behind-the-scenes glimpse into latest safety campaign
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If you wanted to deliver a series of public health messages to people gathered at a busy Consulate (think Saturday at the DMV), or at another trusted community organization, how would you do it? That was the core question behind NIOSH’s new safety campaign targeting Spanish-speaking workers. NIOSH will explain how it tackled the issue in a series of blog posts…MORE

Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC)

Workplace fatalities in Texas rose 3 percent in 2014
In 2014, 524 Texans lost their lives on the job, according to the DWC’s annual census of workplace fatalities. Not surprisingly, transportation incidents accounted for the majority – 237 – of those fatalities, followed by slips, trips and falls…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Workplace fatalities rose slightly in 2014
The preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries represents a 2 percent increase over 2013, according to the annual census of fatal occupational injuries…MORE

OSHA renews alliance with West Texas staffing company
Under the alliance, OSHA and Texas Mutual policyholder T&T Staff Management provide safety materials in English and Spanish to workers, with a focus on the construction industry…MORE

OSHA revises firefighter manual on building design, fire systems
OSHA intends for the updates to improve safety for emergency responders by informing them about building features and designs. New topics in the revised manual include water supply, building phases, emergency power, and room and floor numbering…MORE

 Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Drones improve safety in burgeoning wind energy industry
Climbing a 300-foot wind turbine is challenging, even for industry veteran and ultra-marathoner Mike Bowman. “It’s a workout,” said Bowman. It’s also a safety hazard. Thanks to new drone technology, Bowman may soon be able to inspect wind turbines safely from the ground…MORE

Construction industry labor shortage affects safety, survey finds
Fifteen percent of firms that participated in an Associated General Contractors of America survey reported an increase in reportable injuries and illnesses because of workforce challenges. Another 13 percent reported an increase in jobsite hazards identified in inspection reports. And 11 percent reported an increase in workers’ compensation claims that they attribute to tight labor market conditions…MORE

Free webinar explains updates to NFPA 70E
The November 2 webinar will cover terminology changes, coverage requirements, changes for manufactures, hazard analysis and fire-retardant clothing compliance requirements…MORE

Get your child’s car seat inspected
Approximately 126,000 children under the age of 13 were injured in motor vehicle accidents during 2013, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Visit this website to find a car seat inspection facility near you…MORE

Let’s chat about forklift safety
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How often should forklift drivers be trained, and who should conduct the training? Experts answered those questions and more during this week’s forklift Twitter chat. If you missed it, you can get the highlights online…MORE

New vest warns highway construction workers of danger
Nearly 600 people died in work-zone crashes during 2013. Virginia Tech researchers want to cut that statistic by outfitting workers with a vest that includes a tiny sensor. If a collision is about to occur between a vehicle and a worker, the vest can warn the worker in a matter of seconds. Likewise, the motorist will receive a dashboard notification…MORE

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