Regulatory Roundup, April 29, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

Texas Mutual News

New Texas Mutual app empowers workers to navigate deadly hazards virtually
Call it taking your lumps or learning the hard way. In the workplace safety world, we call it an accident investigation, and the goal is to figure out why someone got injured, and then take steps to keep it from happening again. But what if you could learn valuable lessons by making virtual mistakes, without putting yourself in harm’s way? A new app designed by Texas Mutual empowers workers to do just that…MORE

Texas Mutual awards $600K in annual safety education grants to six Texas colleges
Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a combined $600,000 in grants to College of the Mainland in Texas City, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College, Kilgore College, Midland College and Amarillo College. The grants fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public through the colleges’ risk management institutes…MORE

I2P2 may be on the backburner, but it’s still a sound investment
Texas Mutual encourages every employer to create and enforce a written injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) powered by these core elements…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Which jobs are hardest on your hearing?
earplugsHearing loss is the most common work-related injury, affecting 22 million Americans each year and costing businesses $242 million in workers’ compensation benefits. Hearing loss can affect any industry where excessive noise is an issue, but people who make their living on construction sites and in the oil patch are at the highest risk, according to a CDC study. Employers can protect workers by combining preventive measures with consistent audiometric screenings…MORE

CDC, OSHA issue guidance for protecting workers from Zika exposure
Zika virus is primarily spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Workers can also contract Zika through contact with an infected person’s blood and other bodily fluid. The CDC recommends employers follow these tips to protect outdoor workers, health care providers, laboratory workers and business travelers…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

CMV 34-hour restart provision could be back on the table
Semi TruckThe currently-suspended 34-hour restart provision that includes overnight rest breaks for commercial drivers could once again be included in hours-of-service rules, contingent on the results of a DOT study. The DOT is analyzing whether the provision promotes safety or creates inadvertent hazards during peak travel times. If restored, the provision will prohibit CMV drivers from being on duty more than 73 hours in a seven-day period…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA agrees to revise hazardous substance regs
The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to issue regulations to prevent and contain discharges of oil and hazardous substances. According to a new lawsuit, the EPA has only satisfied half of Congress’ mandate. The EPA has committed to issuing a proposed rule for hazardous substance regulation by August 2017. A final rule must be published no later than October 2018…MORE

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Alarming jump in pedestrian fatalities prompts NTSB forum
Concern over a five-year, 19-percent increase in pedestrian fatalities promoted the NTSB to spearhead a pedestrian safety forum that will take place on May 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of pedestrians killed in accidents increased 10 percent, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association…MORE

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Don’t text and drive, or the NHTSA will troll you on Twitter
distracted-driver-1When a Twitter user who goes by the handle @NArnold98 posted this tweet, “Texting and driving is pretty efficient,” he probably anticipated the obligatory LOLs and thumbs up from his followers. What he likely didn’t expect was this direct response from the NHTSA: “If by efficient you mean super dangerous and dumb, then yeah, it’s pretty efficient, @Narnold98. Please stay off the phone & #justdrive.” During National Distracted Driving Awareness month, the NHTSA has been trolling Twitter users who don’t seem to grasp the serious consequences of distracted driving…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Manufacturing industry leads field in reportable injuries
In the first year under OSHA’s revised injury reporting and recordkeeping rule, the manufacturing industry reported 26 percent of hospitalizations and 57 percent of amputations, more than any other industry. The construction industry was second, reporting 19 percent of hospitalizations and 10 percent of amputations…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

New report shows staggering costs of vehicle accidents for employers
Investigating a car wreckMotor vehicle crash injuries cost employers $47.4 billion in 2013, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. Property damage, workplace disruption and liability costs accounted for $20.6 billion. The remaining costs went toward benefit payments, including sick leave, health insurance and insurance covering work losses…MORE

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