Regulatory Roundup, November 6, 2015

Regulatory Roundup is Texas Mutual’s weekly digest of health and safety news.

Texas Mutual News

Work Safe, Texas is open for business
Ronnie's storyNovember updates to Texas Mutual’s website include a lockout/tagout video, tips for working out fatigue and a return-to-work success story…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

U.S. DOT to add automatic emergency braking to list of recommended advanced safety technologies in 5-Star Rating system
Automatic emergency braking technology includes two systems—crash imminent braking, which applies the brakes in cases where a rear-end crash is imminent and the driver isn’t taking action to avoid the crash, and dynamic brake support, which supplements the driver’s braking input if the driver isn’t applying sufficient braking to avoid a rear-end crash…MORE

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Injury, illness rate among waste industry employees increases
IncreaseThe injury and illness rate among solid waste collection employees jumped 7 percent in 2014. The industry points to distracted driving as one reason it maintains the dubious distinction as one of OSHA’s 10 most dangerous…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA clarifies “day-to-day supervision” for temporary worker injury and illness recordkeeping
OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping regulation requires employers to record the recordable injuries and illnesses of employees they supervise on a day-to-day basis, even if these workers are not carried on the employer’s payroll. For recordkeeping purposes, there cannot be joint day-to-day supervision of temporary workers…MORE

Prepare for an OSHA rapid response investigation
About 46 percent of the injury reports OSHA has received since rolling out the new reporting rule have resulted in “rapid response investigations.” In a rapid response investigation, OSHA instructs the employer to investigate the root cause of the incident, determine how to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, and report these findings back to OSHA in about a week…MORE

Recent moves suggest OSHA is taking a renewed look at fall risks on cargo tanks
OSHA has “archived” its March 10, 2004, letter that said an employer’s duty to provide fall protection does not include “ladders, vehicles or trailers, on which employees must be located in order to perform their duties” and that the General Duty Clause did not exist “where there is no feasible means of providing it,” including on trailers. The OSHA archive notice means the document no longer represents OSHA policy…MORE

Federal budget includes first increase in OSHA fines in 15 years
MoneytrendOSHA fines could increase almost 80 percent in one jump, and they could increase annually by the rate of inflation after that. If President Obama signs the bill, the increase would take effect no later than Aug. 1, 2016…MORE

Access free OSHA compliance material
Training requirements in OSHA standards, confined spaces in construction and young worker safety were among the topics addressed in compliance material OSHA produced during FY 2015…MORE

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

New standards for cut-protective gloves are coming
Proposed changes to ANSI/ISEA 105 and EN 388 would provide a consistent testing method and ratings that reflect recent advances in cut-resistant yarns and technologies. If approved, the ANSI standard will be official in 2016. The European Union standard will be official in late 2015 or early 2016…MORE

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