Regulatory Roundup

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

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Driving safety home
This week, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety shared free educational material as part Drive Safely Work Week. Our blog featured tips for overcoming the unique challenges aging drivers face…MORE

Division of Worker’s Compensation (DWC)

DWC newsletter offers workplace violence prevention tips

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Police line-victim

Last month’s deadly incident during a live television newscast underscores the importance of workplace violence prevention. The October issue of the DWC’s Safety and Health Update offers tips, as well as OSHA updates and tips for selling return-to-work…MORE

Texas sees uptick in fatal occupational injuries
Workplace fatalities increased 3 percent in 2014. Transportation incidents again topped the list, accounting for 45 percent of fatalities…MORE

DWC safety summit to include OSHA compliance guidance
The DWC will host the safety summit on October 20 in Amarillo between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For a $50 entry fee, attendees will get guidance on complying with OSHA requirements, developing an emergency action plan and creating an accident prevention plan…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA issues seasonal safety alert during deadliest month for miners
confinedspace_sewerShutdown activities make October the deadliest month for miners. The MSHA issued a safety alert that provides best practices for disassembling conveyors, transporting and storing sections, and accessing floating pump decks…MORE

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA extends enforcement delay on confined spaces standard for residential construction
OSHA will delay full enforcement for residential construction until Jan. 8. Full enforcement of the standard for non-residential construction employers is in effect…MORE

OSHA moves closer to finalizing electronic recordkeeping rule
legislationThis week, OSHA submitted the rule to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Submission to OIRA is a sign that the rule is in its final stages. The rule would require certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness recordkeeping information to OSHA. The rule also provides for a searchable website where OSHA would make employers’ injury and illness records available to the public…MORE

OIG recommends improvements for OSHA whistleblower protections
The Office of the Inspector General recommends that OSHA develop and implement a process to ensure a good working relationship with other agencies, develop training curriculum for investigators, issue an updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual and ensure the manual is regularly updated…MORE

OIG may review OSHA’s rulemaking process, citation evidence
The audits are discretionary, which means the office of inspector general (OIG) will evaluate their necessity after completing mandatory audits. The OIG is currently auditing OSHA’s emphasis programs and voluntary protection programs….MORE

Michaels defends OSHA guidance documents, warns against budget cuts
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, fended off accusations that OSHA reduced the number of retail establishments exempt from the Process Safety Management Standard without stakeholder support during a House subcommittee meeting…MORE


National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

NFPA introduces free fire-safety app, redesigned website, new videos for Fire Prevention Week
The app, which targets third-fifth graders, allows students to test their knowledge about fire safety. NFPA also redesigned sparkyschoolhouse.org to allow teachers to search content by grade levels…MORE

 

Federal Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA warns of compounding pharmacy’s products
The FDA issued a warning to alert health care professionals and patients not to use drug products intended to be sterile made and distributed by Chen Shwezin Inc., doing business as Park Compounding Pharmacy, in Westlake Village, Calif. The FDA reported it is not aware of any adverse event associated with the use of products from Park Compounding Pharmacy…MORE


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA wraps up data collection on hours-of-service restart rule
Truck on freewayCongress temporarily suspended the rule in December 2014 and ordered the FMCSA to conduct the study. The agency collected data on more than 3,000 driver duty cycles, more than 75,000 driver alertness tests and more than 22,000 days of driver sleep data. It hopes to issue a final report by the end of the year…MORE


Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Would OSHA “punt” on inspecting an NFL team?
OSHA would likely classify NFL players as independent contractors, over which it has no jurisdiction. So, the likelihood of a workplace safety inspection occurring on a Sunday afternoon appears minimal…MORE

AIHA signs pact with Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
The pact commits all parties to developing and maintaining the safety data sheets registry program for chemical hazard communication…MORE

Drivers confused by new auto safety technology
Driver assist safety technology is becoming standard in vehicles. Typically not part of the package, however, is education on how to use that technology. The National Safety Council and Department of Transportation are kicking off a campaign to help drivers get the most out of their vehicles’ safety bells and whistles. The campaign includes a website, mycardoeswhat.org…MORE 

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