Regulatory Roundup, March 11, 2016

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

Texas Mutual news

Work Safe, Texas is open for business
March enhancements to our safety website for the public include return-to-work basics, the latest on the Zika virus and new content on our dedicated construction industry Web page…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA moves to protect public from paraquat
Paraquat dichloride, more commonly known as paraquat, might be the most toxic herbicide in use today. According to the EPA, paraquat resulted in 27 deaths between 1990 and 2014. The EPA recently released a proposal that would reduce the public’s access to this hazardous chemical…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Listen up: Big news about hearing conservation in March edition of NIOSH e-newsletter
earplugs3M is making a lot of noise in the hearing conservation realm, and NIOSH wants you to hear about it. The company reduced noise levels 12–14 dBA across 24 departments and removed 199 of 203 employees from its hearing conservation program. Find out how in the March edition of NIOSH’s e-newsletter…MORE

NIOSH, EPA want your input on proposed PEL for 1-Bromopropane
NIOSH has proposed an exposure limit of 0.3 parts per million for 1-Bromopropane (1-BP). The public has until April 29 to comment. 1-BP is a chemical common in manufacturing processes, spray adhesives, dry cleaning applications and degreasing activities. Exposure can cause a range of conditions, including eye and skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, loss of consciousness, slurred speech and confusion…MORE

Exoskeletal suits reduce MSDs: NIOSH report
Robotic-like suits that increase human strength may conjure thoughts of sci-fi and superhero film genres. But they can also be a powerful tool for employers who want to reduce costly musculoskeletal disorders…MORE

NIOSH issues suggestions to help workers adapt to time change
sleeping manThis Sunday, Americans will set their clocks ahead one hour. It can take our bodies up to one week to adjust to the time change. In the meantime, our sleep can suffer, as can our focus on the job. NIOSH suggests employees consider reducing demanding physical and mental tasks as much as possible the week of the time change to allow themselves time to adjust…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New hazard classification guidance helps manufacturers, importers, employers
The 432-page document provides guidance for classifying hazards covered by the hazard communication standard. Topics include selecting chemicals to evaluate, collecting data, analyzing data, and recording the rationale behind the results obtained.…MORE

U.S., Canada join forces to sync hazard communication systems
PrintOSHA is working with Health Canada to iron out compliance differences between the two countries’ hazard communication rules. Last week, the agencies announced employers can meet hazard communication requirements for both countries with a single label and Safety Data Sheet…MORE

Fatality underscores importance of confined space programs for tank repair shops
An employee went into a tank to clean it with a caustic chemical. He had no retrieval gear or respirator. There was no attendant, and the company had no rescue plan. By the time he was pulled from the tank two hours later, it was too late…MORE

OSHA requests $42 million budget bump for FY 2017
Along with the budget increase, OSHA is asking for 100 more full-time employees. OSHA would dedicate the largest share of the requested increase—nearly $18 million and 60 full-time staff members—to federal enforcement efforts…MORE

NACOSH recommends OSHA emphasize employee health in updated safety and health program management guidelines
OSHA’s proposed updates include material on finding and fixing hazards proactively, increasing worker involvement in safety and health, and establishing better communication and coordination at worksites with multiple employers. The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health praised OSHA for updating the nearly 30-year-old guidelines but added the guidelines could benefit from a stronger focus on health…MORE

OSHA answers your eye and face protection questions
Sparks Fly as Worker Cuts BoltsWhen do companies have to provide eye and face protection for workers? Who certifies personal protective equipment, and how do we know it’s certified? In this short podcast, OSHA answers your questions about eye and face protection…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Upgraded NSC truck driver safety program gives instructors more flexibility
Nearly 4,000 people are killed annually in crashes involving large trucks. To help reverse the trend, the National Safety Council has upgraded its truck driver safety program. The new format gives instructors the flexibility to conduct a three – or four-course series in a timeframe that meets their unique needs…MORE

About half of U.S. adults have a musculoskeletal disorder: report
About 1 in 2 U.S. adults has a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), costing an estimated $213 billion each year in treatment and lost wages, according to a report from the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. Half of adults 65 years and older have arthritis, making it the top cause of disability related to MSDs…MORE


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