Regulatory Roundup, March 18, 2016

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

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6 things you need to know about OSHA

OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.

OSHA employs approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of 130 million workers. That equates to one compliance officer for every 59,000 workers.

Most people associate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with two words: enforcement and fines. So it’s hard to blame budget-conscious employers for casting a suspicious eye, if not running the other direction, when an OSHA inspector comes knocking. But Congress had more in mind when it created America’s most high-profile workplace safety regulatory agency way back in 1970…MORE

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSSE)

Report blasts oil-rig safety agency’s effectiveness
The BSSE’s inadequate monitoring of oil and gas companies’ safety management systems, its difficulties hiring and training safety inspectors, and its failure to staff its environmental enforcement division have hampered its ability to ensure safety on offshore oil rigs, according to a Government Accountability Office report…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New CDC guidelines offer alternatives to opioid treatment
Despite sparse evidence that chronic opioid therapy is the most effective way to relieve chronic pain, enough opioids are prescribed annually to give every American a bottle of pills. And 52 people die every day from overdoses. The CDC has responded to the prescription drug epidemic by issuing new guidelines that offer alternatives to long-term opioid treatment…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

20 automakers commit to making automatic emergency braking standard on new vehicles Twenty automakers representing 99 percent of the U.S. market will make emergency braking standard on most new vehicles by 2022, according to a DOT press release. By making the commitment, the auto industry will deliver critical safety technology to consumers sooner than it could if it relied solely on the regulatory process…MORE

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

FRA proposes two-person train crew requirement
The rule would require a minimum of two crew members for all railroad operations except those the FRA believes do not pose a significant safety risk. That includes operations that are not carrying large volumes of hazardous materials, traveling at high speeds or putting passengers at risk…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA to propose safety guidelines for construction sector

In May, OSHA will encourage the construction industry to remember the importance of preventing falls, which are the leading cause of death among construction workers.

In May, OSHA will encourage the construction industry to remember the importance of preventing falls, which are the leading cause of death among construction workers.

OSHA will craft a separate set of safety and health program management guidelines for the construction industry. The agency undertook the initiative based on feedback it received about updates to its general safety and health management program guidelines. Specifically, most small builders do not have the staff or resources to dedicate one employee to developing and implementing a safety program consistent with what OSHA recommends…MORE

OSHA responds to ARA’s hazard communication questions
Custom blending is considered chemical manufacturing, and it does require individual labels and safety data sheets. That was OSHA’s response to one of several questions about hazard communication posed by the Agricultural Retailers Association…MORE

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO committee recommends no Zika general travel restrictions
During its second meeting, the WHO’s Zika emergency response committee recommended no general restrictions on travel or trade to affected countries. The committee also reiterated the importance of pregnant women avoiding areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Presenteeism costs business 10 times more than absenteeism
Whether they are ill, stressed or simply distracted, employees who are “absent but present” admit to being unproductive an average of 57 days per year. Ultimately, they cost their employers $1,500 billion per year. By contrast, their absent counterparts cost $150 billion per year, according to a Global Corporate Challenge study. …MORE

6 trends affecting workplace safety
E-Learning Concept.Computer-based training, e-learning, interactive tutorials and strategically placed digital signs are empowering companies to provide better, more frequent safety training. Technological tools are one of six trends that will make businesses safer in 2016 and beyond…MORE

 

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