Regulatory Roundup, May 27, 2016

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

Texas Mutual News

Texas Mutual to distribute $240M in policyholder dividends
Dollar BillsIn late July, Texas Mutual will begin distributing a company-record $240 million in dividends. Approximately 40,000 policyholders will qualify for a dividend based largely on their commitment to preventing workplace accidents. The board unanimously approved the 2016 dividend distribution, the largest in Texas Mutual history, this week…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

DOT bans e-cigarettes from checked luggage because of explosion risk
A new DOT rule permanently prohibits passengers and crew members from carrying e-cigarettes in checked baggage or charging the devices while on an aircraft. The DOT cited recent incidents that show the devices can catch fire during transport…MORE

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

New nutrition labels empower consumers to eat smarter
nutrition labelPeople who make informed food choices reduce their risk of heart disease and obesity. The FDA just made it easier to eat smarter by improving the nutritional information on food labels. The new labels include serving sizes that reflect the amount of food Americans eat…MORE

Federal Legislation

House bill overhauls chemical regulation
The bill sets new exposure standards for asbestos, formaldehyde and other widely-used chemicals that have not seen adjustment to their regulation since the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill also prohibits federal law from over-riding state chemical regulations that were in place on or before April 22, 2016…MORE

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Trucking industry association calls on Congress to retain HOS restart rule
Truck1Because of a missing sentence in the current Omnibus appropriations bill, the hours of service (HOS) restart rule is in jeopardy. If Congress doesn’t move forward with legislation that would retain the rule, CMV carriers and drivers will have to revert to an older, less flexible compliance method referred to as the rolling recap…MORE

Click it or Ticket: Because seat belts save lives
Those fancy safety related bells and whistles on your new car are nice, but they’re no substitute for the oldest form of personal protective equipment: seat belts. From 2010 to 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 63,000 lives. The NHTSA is looking to raise awareness of the importance of seat belts during its annual Click it or Ticket campaign…MORE

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH rolls out PPE standards database
NIOSH’s new PPE–Info database is a compendium of federal regulations and consensus standards for personal protective equipment (PPE). The database includes regulations and standards for respiratory and non-respiratory occupational PPE…MORE

Don’t get duped by counterfeit respirators
respiratorIf you want to know if your respirator is NIOSH-approved, look to the label for an approval number and protection information. NIOSH posts counterfeit respirators on its website to alert users, purchasers and manufacturers…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Need help making sense of OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule?
OSHA recently released a rule requiring some employers to report certain injuries electronically. OSHA will publish some of the data on its website. The American Society of Safety Engineers prepared a brief to help employers understand their obligations under the new rule…MORE

Is 911 your confined space rescue plan?
911If your confined space rescue plan hinges on local emergency services, OSHA requires you to meet the requirements of §1926.1211 — Rescue and emergency services. Rescue personnel should be familiar with the exact site location, types of permit-required confined spaces and necessary rescue equipment…MORE

OSHA Technical Manual now includes chapter on fall protection in construction
The new chapter provides information on fall prevention, fall arrest systems and hazard assessment, as well as detailed images of protection equipment. Falls are deadliest of the construction industry hazards, accounting for 40 percent of fatalities…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

New employees, increased risk
Employees in their first month on the job have more than 3 times the risk for a lost-time injury than workers who have been at their job for more than a year, according to a new study. Employers can reverse these unsettling statistics by training new employees to recognize and avoid hazards, only assigning tasks new workers have been trained to do, and frequently reinforcing the training with toolbox talks and safety meetings…MORE

Drivers may face deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2009: NSC
Investigating a car wreckThe National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 439 people may be killed and an additional 50,500 seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes this weekend, making the 2016 Memorial Day holiday the deadliest since 2009, when 462 motorists lost their lives…MORE

Tragedy avoided: Seat belt saves employee’s life
Workers’ compensation insurance companies work hard to promote workplace safety. We hope people take our advice to heart, but we seldom get first-hand confirmation they did. When a driver recently flipped his semi-tractor trailer, the safety experts at Missouri Employers Mutual had to look no further than his seat belt cover to know they made an impact…MORE

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