Regulatory Roundup, October 23, 2015

Texas Mutual News

Texas Mutual hosts luncheons honoring safety award winners

The City of Midland declared Wednesday, Oct. 21 Work Safe Midland Day. Texas Mutual's Woody Hill (left) and Jeremiah Bentley (middle) accepted the proclamation from Midland City Council member John B. Love III.

The City of Midland declared Wednesday, Oct. 21 Work Safe Midland Day. Texas Mutual’s Woody Hill (left) and Jeremiah Bentley (middle) accepted the proclamation from Midland City Council member John B. Love III.

This week, Texas Mutual hosted luncheons in recognition of our safety award winners in Midland and Odessa. Next Wednesday, we’ll host a similar event in honor of our Corpus Christi-area winners. We invite award winners, insurance agents and local officials to the events…MORE

Dear drivers: Please use extra caution this fall
Your odds of hitting a deer or other animal in October, November and December double. Here are a few tips for sharing the road with four-legged travelers this fall, courtesy of the Insurance Council of Texas…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA extends PSM compliance deadline for retailers
OSHA has extended its process safety management retail exemption until July 22, 2016. OSHA cites limited availability of compliance resources as the reason for the extension…MORE

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect your performance at work, which is especially dangerous when you get behind the wheel.

Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can affect your performance at work, which is especially dangerous when you get behind the wheel.

FMCSA, FRA begin work on sleep apnea rulemaking
The FMCSA and Federal Railroad Administration initiated a rulemaking project to evaluate – and treat, when applicable – workers who exhibit risk factors for sleep apnea…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New virtual health center promotes worker wellness
NIOSH’s National Center for Productive Aging and Work will develop a research plan for improving the safety and health of workers of all ages. The center will also facilitate collaboration among researchers and partners, develop new interventions, and highlight best practices for creating “aging-friendly” workplaces…MORE

 Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Free webinar explains updates to NFPA 70
The webinar will be held on Nov. 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. EST. It will cover terminology changes, coverage requirements, changes for manufactures, hazard analysis and FR clothing compliance requirements…MORE

New database gives public access to fines issued by regulatory agencies
On October 27, the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First will unveil a free database that covers some 100,000 environmental, health and safety cases brought by federal agencies since 2010…MORE

Driver distraction persists long after hands-free tasks end
distracted-driver-2Drivers remain distracted up to 27 seconds after completing a call or other task on a hands-free device. That’s long enough for a car traveling 40 miles per hour to cover the length of six football fields, according to a AAA study…MORE

Associations release revised first aid guidelines
The American Red Cross and American Heart Association have released revised guidelines for administering first aid. The revisions include updated recommendations for treatment of bleeding, stroke recognition, and treating anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) and hypoglycemia in diabetics…MORE

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