Regulatory Roundup – December 4, 2015

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

Texas Mutual News

Lessons from the field: Deflating workplace violence
Police line-victimWorkplace violence can come from third parties or within your ranks. Employers and employees need to recognize the signs and know how to respond…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA proposes emergency response rule
The proposed rule could include facility and equipment preparedness, vehicle preparedness and operation, pre-incident planning, post-incident analysis and program evaluation…MORE

EPA issues memo on OSHA PSM retail exemption
The EPA will require impacted agricultural retail facilities to submit risk management program updates to the agency by Jan. 22, 2017, six months after OSHA’s announced enforcement date of July 22, 2016…MORE

OSHA expects to issue silica standard in Feb. 2016
The standard creates a uniform permissible exposure limit of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air in all affected industries, calculated as an eight-hour time-weighted average…MORE

New Web page offers advice on controlling violence in health care settings
Surgeons operatingThe health care industry accounts for nearly as many serious violent injuries as all other industries combined. A new OSHA Web page shows employers how to leverage the core elements of a safety program to protect workers…MORE

Read the latest edition of QuickTakes
The December 1 edition of OSHA’s newsletter features updates to the agency’s Safety and Health Management Guidelines, as well as an enforcement case involving a staffing agency and host employer…MORE

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

DOT offers reminder on electronic submission of drug testing forms
Red bow on finger
Collectors may submit electronic forms if two requirements are met: 1. The Department of Health and Human Services National Laboratory Certification Program has approved the employer’s laboratory. 2. The employer has decided to use electronic Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Forms…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA issues sprinkler and deluge piping safety alert
The alert cautions that rubber-type hoses may not withstand the extreme heat long enough to suppress or extinguish a fire. These hoses are also susceptible to movement when pressurized or when water starts flowing, which could cause water to not be applied to a fire. Steel piping that is adequately secured is more effective for preventing such movement and for withstanding the heat of a fire…MORE

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA’s final rule protects commercial drivers from being forced to violate safety regulations

Semi TruckThe rule provides FMCSA with the authority to take enforcement action against motor carriers and shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries…MORE

Studies, News, Resources

3 tips for surviving a workplace shooting
Eighty percent of us freeze when confronted with disaster or danger. In the event of workplace violence, your safety could hinge on how you react during the first five seconds. Run, hide and fight are your three options, according to a workplace violence prevention expert…MORE

Lead: Still a workplace hazard
Although less common than it used to be, lead exposure is remains an issue in a variety of industries, including construction, mining and manufacturing, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. High exposure to lead can lead to kidney damage, brain damage and death…MORE

‘Tis the season for traffic accidents
In 2013, 10,780 people were killed in car crashes between December and March, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The NSC offers these tips for navigating holiday traffic…MORE

Texas sees continued increase in vehicle crashes, fatalities
IncreaseTexas traffic fatalities bottomed out in 2010 and slowly increased in 2011. In 2012, when higher speed limits were posted across the state, injury traffic collisions increased 8.3 percent, while statewide traffic fatalities increased 9.1 percent. Both numbers continued to increase in 2013 and 2014…MORE

Topics involving OSHA rank No. 1 and 3 safety pro survey
OSHA compliance and recordkeeping ranked first and third on a list of top concerns among safety professionals…MORE

Unbuckled in back
Unbelted back-seat passengers can be ticketed in Texas. Worse yet, they could be risking their lives. In 2013, 883 unrestrained rear seat occupants died in crashes…MORE

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