Regulatory Roundup, May 6, 2016

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

Texas Mutual News

Do the math: Safety pays. Falls cost.
safety pays falls costs logoFalls are the leading cause of fatalities among construction workers. They’re also the second-leading cause of fatalities across industries, behind only motor vehicle accidents. This week’s blog post encouraged employers and workers to participate in OSHA’s annual fall prevention campaign…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. reports first death from Zika virus in Puerto Rico
One person with Zika died at some point between Nov. 1, 2015, and April 14, 2016, in Puerto Rico after developing severe internal bleeding, according to the CDC. Puerto Rico, which is home to the breed of mosquito that carries Zika, is facing a widespread outbreak of the virus…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA warns workers about warehouse, storage hazards
safety alertMiners who handle, store and move materials are at risk for musculoskeletal disorders, falls and other injuries, according a new MSHA safety alert. The alert advises workers to follow safe job procedures and comply with Title 30 CFR Parts 56 and 57…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH unveils 10-year Total Worker Health initiative vision
Pilates BallSafe staffing, healthier shift work, flexible work arrangements, good air quality and healthy food options represent core elements in NIOSH’s 10-year vision for its Total Worker Health (TWH) initiative. The TWH initiative promotes the notion that healthy employees get injured less often, and when they do get injured, they recover faster…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Senators look to ‘cement’ OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program
Senators on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation that would permanently fund OSHA’s voluntary protection program (VPP). To qualify for VPP, employers must maintain below-average injury and illness rates. VPP employers are exempt from certain OSHA inspections…MORE

OSHA releases two more temporary worker guidance documents
One document stresses that host employers and staffing agencies share responsibility for educating temporary workers about hazardous chemicals. The other document provides scenarios showing the potential consequences of host employers failing to adequately train temporary workers on hazards and preventive measures…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Puerto Rico shares tips for combatting Zika
From gene drives to genetically altered mosquitos, scientists are evaluating technological weapons in the fight against Zika virus. In the meantime, everyone can do their part eliminating standing pools of water around their home, installing window screens to keep mosquitos outside, and wearing proven mosquito repellants…MORE

The case for safety showers
Safety showers in the oil and gas field and on offshore rigs often go unused for years, so it can be hard to make a case for them as vital equipment. But if you’re a worker who just got a face full of concentrated acid, a safety shower might just save your life. Employers who are struggling to make sense of the many safety shower models on the market should consider water access/storage, available space, the cost of heating large amounts of water and the environmental conditions…MORE

Synthetic drugs spark look at drugged-driving laws
Law BookNew York is one of 10 states that evaluate intoxicated driving by a list of banned substances rather than on a police officer’s judgment. That loophole in the law allowed a driver high on aerosol dust to escape punishment after smashing into another vehicle and killing an 18-year-old girl…MORE

What are risky drivers thinking?
People who habitually drive drunk and speed have unique motives for taking risk. By identifying those motives, researchers can instill safe behaviors in repeat offenders…MORE

New technology helps regulators identify which chemicals pose risks
PrintThere are more than 80,000 chemicals people can be exposed to. A team of federal government researchers developed a new method to more quickly and economically determine which chemicals pose the greatest health risk…MORE

Are you prepared to address sudden cardiac arrest in your workplace?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more than 350,000 people each year. SCA can happen to anyone, anytime, including when they’re at work. When administered within two minutes of SCA, an automated external defibrillator, combined with CPR, increases the victim’s chances of survival by 90 percent…MORE


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