Regulatory Roundup, January 22, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is Texas Mutual’s weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

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Woody Hill explains the benefits of employee wellness Fox 7 News
Woody on Fox 7Employers can cash in on the symbiotic relationship between employee wellness and safety by encouraging employees to get up and move throughout the day, serving healthy choices in corporate cafes and offering smoking cessation services. That was Woody’s message during a Fox 7 News segment promoting this week’s Fit Friendly Symposium…MORE

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

BSEE pilot program targets offshore oil and gas safety
The BSEE will use data from audits and annual inspections to identify offshore facilities that have a greater risk profile. Considerations such as the size of a facility and the production of hydrogen sulfide will factor into the risk profile…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Industry begins pesticide protection compliance efforts
Hay farmerThe first compliance deadline for the EPA’s new pesticide rule is still one year away, but the agriculture industry has already started educating farmers. By Jan. 2, 2017, farmers and growers will have to meet a slate of mandates, including boosted documentation requirements, which will force them to keep pesticide records on the books for two years and increase public posting of restricted areas…MORE

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA urges consumers to monitor vehicle recalls
Every year, 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired. The NHTSA responded with a safety campaign urging consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and get their vehicles fixed as soon as parts are available. Consumers can check for recalls by using NHTSA’s free VIN look-up tool…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH updates ‘MultiVapor’ respirator cartridge tool
NIOSH has revised its MultiVapor tool for estimating the service life of air-purifying respirator cartridges. The new MultiVapor includes 66 new compounds. It replaces the previous version, which expired on Dec. 31, 2009…MORE

NIOSH innovation reduces silica exposure during hydraulic fracturing
NIOSH’s “mini baghouse” collected between 79 and 99 percent of silica dust emissions from thief hatches during a NIOSH study. Researchers found that the mini baghouse is especially effective at collecting fine, highly respirable silica particles…MORE

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Proposed rule would help determine safety fitness of motor carriers
Semi TruckThe rule would update FMCSA’s safety fitness rating methodology by integrating on-road safety data from inspections, along with the results of carrier investigations and crash reports, to determine a motor carrier’s overall safety fitness on a monthly basis…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Three miners die over 19-day period
In 2015, coal fatalities were at their lowest levels ever. However, in the first 19 days of 2016, three coal miners lost their lives in three separate accidents. As a result, MSHA issued a safety alert encouraging coal mine operators and miners to follow best safety practices…MORE

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

NFPA campaign gives the cold shoulder to home-heating fires
FireAs temperatures drop during the winter months, home heating systems kick into high gear. Home heating is a leading cause of U.S. home fires, but there are steps you can take to safely heat your home…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA poised to pass on combustible dust
The complexity of combustible dust hazards, combined with a robust regulatory agenda, have stalled OSHA’s plans to pursue a new rule. OSHA has instead pursued alternate methods to address the risks. For example, OSHA revised its hazard communication standard to conform to the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, and it qualified combustible dust as a hazardous chemical.…MORE

OSHA pulls rug out from under slip and trip rule
OSHA has withdrawn its Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems rule from Office of Management and Budget review. Technology has changed since OSHA proposed the rule in 1990, and the agency is updating its proposal accordingly…MORE

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

FRA collects record penalties for rail safety violations

The FRA collected $15 million in civil penalties during Fiscal Year 2015. That figure represents the highest civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history. The stepped-up enforcement of safety regulations is part of the FRA’s comprehensive effort to increase the nation’s rail system safety…MORE

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