Regulatory Roundup, November 13, 2015

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

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of EHS-related news. Please share this information as appropriate. To register to receive Regulatory Roundup, email David Wylie at dwylie@texasmutual.com.

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Temporary worker safety: A shared responsibility
Temporary workers are at double the risk of suffering a serious injury, according to ProPublica. Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for their safety…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Senators oppose nationwide mandate for longer trucks
Fleet Safety
The federal mandate would allow trucks as long as 91 feet to operate in every state. The DOT claims it needs more time to study the mandate’s safety ramifications…MORE

Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE tackles beryllium exposure Effective immediately, the DOE Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security is clarifying exposure limits for beryllium to synch with similar proposed regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration…MORE

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Senators push pipeline safety reform bill
The bill would reauthorize the PHMSA through 2019, direct the agency to prioritize its safety regulatory regime over new rulemaking, and deliver reports on new mapping technology and safety programs for liquid and nature gas pipelines…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA and the American Red Cross renew alliance
The alliance, now in its tenth year, provides resources on emergency preparedness, disease prevention education, and first aid for workers and volunteers…MORE

OSHA’s final rule may prohibit safety incentive programs
Money with Bow
The rule could prohibit employers from rewarding employees for low accident levels. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing the rule. OMB review is the final stage in the rulemaking process…MORE

OSHA publishes final rule for handling retaliation complaints from workers in railroad and public transportation industries
The final rule, effective Nov. 9, 2015, establishes procedures and time frames for handling employee retaliation complaints under the National Transit Systems Security Act and the Federal Railroad Safety Act…MORE

Goodbye LOTO — bringing productivity back to safety
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OSHA’s lockout/tagout requirements allow alternative measures for minor tool changes and adjustments, as well as minor servicing operations, such as clearing jams…MORE

Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA webinar to examine large truck crash fatalities involving pedestrians, bicyclists
The free November 18 webinar will feature new research findings, a case-study and community resources. Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities from crashes involving large trucks have increased at roughly the same percentage as pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities from crashes involving all motor vehicles, according to recent FMCSA analysis…MORE

National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

In-vehicle technologies may make oil and gas workers safer
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of fatalities among oil and gas workers. Employers could reduce the risk by installing in-vehicle monitoring systems that track risky behaviors, such as speeding, using mobile devices and failing to buckle up, according to new NIOSH research…MORE

NIOSH-designed technology can reduce workers’ silica exposure at fracking sites
The technology, called a mini-baghouse – controls dust emissions from thief hatches on top of sand movers. NIOSH’s evaluation found that the mini-baghouse reduced airborne respirable crystalline silica by 79-99%…MORE

Studies, news, resources

Free resources help employers comply with confined space standard
The Center for Construction Safety and Research offers a Toolbox Talk, hazard alert and video to help employers comply with OSHA’s revised confined space standard for the construction industry…MORE

American Heart Association updates CPR guidelines
The American Heart Association recently published the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. The updates focus on topics with significant new science or ongoing controversy…MORE

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