Regulatory Roundup, January 8, 2016

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

January 8, 2016

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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Workplace safety: A resolution you can live with
This week’s blog post features tips for following through on a New Year’s resolution to workplace safety…MORE

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

New newsletter offers tips for protecting workers from the leading cause of fatalities
Semi TruckOn average, long haul truck drivers (LHTDs) work 60 hours per week and drive more than 107,000 miles per year. A NIOSH study revealed that 73 percent of LHTDs perceive their delivery deadlines as unrealistically tight, which may be an incentive for risky driving behaviors such as speeding. Read about it in the inaugural edition of Behind the Wheel at Work…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Pipeline resilience a crucial element of transportation safety
Between 2005 and 2014, hurricanes, floods, droughts and other “natural force damage events” caused $1,601,313,884 in pipeline damage. Vigilance typically begins with pipeline operators, according to the DOT…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Mining deaths dropped to record low in 2015
Last year, 28 miners died in work-related accidents, down from 45 in 2014. The figure represents the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded and the first year mining deaths dropped below 30…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Fines stack up for Missouri warehouse over reporting rule
OSHAenforcement_300pxIn January 2015, OSHA revised its injury reporting rule to require employers to report all fatalities, amputations, losses of an eye and in-patient hospitalizations. OSHA recently cited a temporary agency for one willful and 10 serious violations, with proposed penalties exceeding $100,000, for failing to report the hospitalizations of three workers…MORE

OSHA opens online injury reporting portal
When OSHA revised its injury reporting requirements in January 2015, it promised an online portal that would streamline the process. Nearly one year to the day later, OSHA made good on its promise…MORE

Groundbreaking OSHA developments in 2015 to directly impact 2016 — and beyond
Under a new regulation on the horizon, OSHA will make employers’ injury and illness reports available on its website after redacting personal identification information. That is just one of several OSHA initiatives that will affect employers in the new year and beyond…MORE

OSHA dispatches three teams of compliance officers to Dallas area
quicktakes-backgroundIn the wake of the holiday weekend tornados that swept the Dallas area, OSHA dispatched three teams of compliance officers to help with recovery efforts. The officers collaborated with local officials to deliver safety and health information to contractors and workers. The teams also sought to ensure that workers conducting cleanup activities had the proper training and equipment. Read more in the latest edition of QuickTakes…MORE

Studies, news, resources

Bladder cancer risk increasing in certain jobs: study
Researchers at the University of Sheffield found the highest risk of bladder cancer among workers exposed to aromatic amines, such as tobacco, dye and rubber workers, as well as workers exposed to polycystic aromatic hydrocarbons, including nurses, waiters and seamen…MORE

Technology puts extra layer of protection between vehicles, pedestrians in work zones
A new safety vest senses the accident avoidance signal from modern cars and trucks. The vest is equipped with a radio receiver that triggers flashing lights and audible alarms when a vehicle is too close…MORE

Risk of drowsy-driving crashes higher for night-shift workers: study
Study participants who slept the previous night were involved in no near crashes, while 37.5 percent of participants who worked the previous night were involved in near crashes…MORE

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