Regulatory Roundup, September 25, 2015

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

Texas Mutual News

At RTFC, your safety is their business
SCBACallen Hight, assistant fire chief/safety officer for Refinery Terminal Fire Company (RTFC), says if he doesn’t send his employees home safely at the end of the day, he hasn’t done his job. Hight must be doing something right. RTFC has logged 5 million man hours without a lost-time claim. Texas Mutual was proud to recognize their efforts with our annual safety award…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

New pipeline safety rule pending after increase in accidents
The DOT will soon unveil a long-delayed rule to strengthen safety requirements for pipelines that move oil and other hazardous liquids…MORE


Toll of unsafe workplaces much higher than 12 a day
In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed in the United States due to workplace injuries, according to a new AFL-CIO report. Approximately 50,000 more died from occupational diseases, resulting in a loss of nearly 150 workers each day from preventable workplace conditions…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH releases oilfield fatality report
OilfieldDuring the first half of 2014, 43 oilfield workers died on the job, according to a new report issued by NIOSH. Rigging up/down was the most hazardous task, claiming nine lives…MORE

Department of Labor (DOL)

Farm safety: a lifestyle, not a slogan
Farmworkers are at high risk for work-related lung diseases, heat illness, confined space hazards, noise-induced hearing loss and falls. During National Farm Safety Week, the DOL reminds employers to provide training for farm employees in a language they understand. Employers can visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website for free Spanish-language resources…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

How GHS changed the definition of flammable liquids
PrintIn addition to its hazard communication standard, OSHA aligned its Flammable and Combustible Liquids standard, 29 CFR 1910.106, with the globally harmonized system. Under the old standard, any liquid with a flash point below 100 degrees Fahrenheit was considered flammable. Under the new standard, liquids with a flash point of not more than 199.4 degrees Fahrenheit are considered flammable…MORE

OSHA extends comment period for proposed rule clarifying employers’ recordkeeping obligation
OSHA issued this proposed rule in light of a court decision clarifying its long-standing position that the duty to record an injury or illness continues as long as the employer must keep records of the recordable injury or illness. The proposed amendments add no new compliance obligations…MORE

OSHRC asking for input on workplace violence case
The Occupational Safety and Heath Review Commission is soliciting public comments on whether OSHA’s General Duty Clause applies to workplace violence. OSHA recently cited an employer under the General Duty Clause following the death of a home health care worker…MORE

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

GAO to congress: Extend deadline for Positive Train Control
trainCongress should grant the Federal Railroad Administration the authority to extend the Dec. 31 deadline for implementing Positive Train Control technology, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Railroads cite costs and technological glitches as reasons they may not be able to comply with the deadline…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

10 deskercises you can do at work
The average office worker spends approximately 77 percent of their day sitting, and their bodies pay the price. Prolonged sitting contributes to diabetes, heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders and myriad other health issues. Here are 10 ways desk jockies can add physical activity to the daily grind without leaving their workstations…MORE

Driverless trucks could make work zones safer
Las week, we reported on wearable technology that can protect construction crews in work zones. But what about the workers who drive dump trucks, bull dozers and other equipment? We may soon be able to add driverless trucks to the array of tools that are making work zones safer…MORE

Don’t underestimated danger in manure pits
Manure pits can include methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide and ammonia. The accumulation of these gases within a confined space can produce an oxygen-deficient, toxic environment. Safety guidelines include fencing off the pit and posting signage…MORE

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