Regulatory Roundup, June 10, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of news that affects the workers’ compensation industry.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Congress overhauls chemical safety standards
legislationCongress passed a bill this week that would empower the EPA to regulate thousands of chemicals and order testing to ensure they are safe for consumers. The bill, 10 years in the making, awaits the president’s signature…MORE

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA requires commercial truck passengers to buckle up
2seconds2click-logoThe FMCSA passed a final rule that requires all passengers in large commercial trucks to wear safety belts whenever the vehicles take part in interstate commerce. Only 73 percent of commercial motor vehicle passengers wear safety belts, compared with 84 percent of drivers, according to an FMCSA study…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA looks to shore up worksite examinations
A 44-year-old haul driver died when his truck careened off an elevated road and spilled into a pond. MSHA determined the roadway had no barrier to stop the truck. MSHA responded by proposing a rule that would strengthen standards for metal and nonmetal worksite examinations…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New NIOSH app takes the strain out of mining work
ErgoMine helps users avoid back strains and other musculoskeletal disorders during common mining activities such as bagging, haul truck operations, maintenance and repair. The app is available for Android systems…MORE (Scroll down to NIOSH communication product spotlight)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

When thunder roars, get indoors
Lightning has a way of throwing a wet blanket on your summer outdoor plans. For people who work in the construction, telecommunications, landscaping and other outdoor industries, lighting also represents a serious occupational hazard. If employees hear thunder, they can be sure lightning is near, prompting them to get inside immediately, according to a new OSHA/NOAA fact sheet…MORE

Combustible dust standard drawing closer?
In October 2016, OSHA plans to assemble a panel to evaluate how a combustible dust standard would impact small businesses. OSHA’s website lists 15 standards that address employers’ responsibility for preventing catastrophic explosions from combustible dust accumulations…MORE

Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA)

PHMSA issues slate of hazmat amendments
The amendments include administrative and package testing requirements, as well as provisions applying directly to hazardous material transport…MORE

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO suggests delaying pregnancy in areas with Zika
mosquitoPeople living in areas where the Zika virus is circulating should consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having babies with birth defects, according to the WHO. Currently, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and American Samoa are the only parts of the United States with local transmission of the virus. Clusters of cases are expected to appear in Florida and along the Gulf Coast this summer…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

How will drones impact claims?
From managing wildfires to inspecting bridges, drones are increasingly keeping humans out of harm’s way. Before long, they could remove us from the accident investigation process, too…MORE

Hiring teens this summer? Teach them how to go home injury-free
In 2014, 25 percent of retail workers under 18 years old suffered on-the-job injuries. During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council encourages employers to teach young workers to navigate slippery floors, dangerous equipment, driving and other retail industry hazards…MORE

Opioid reforms working as intended in Texas
pills and stethescopePrescription drug overdoses have reached epidemic proportions across the country, claiming nearly 19,000 lives in 2014. Workers’ comp blogger Joe Paduda points out Texas’ opioid painkiller death rate is 2.5 per 100,000, among the lowest in the nation. Also this week, a WCRI study suggested reforms are reducing opioid prescriptions in Texas workers’ comp claims…MORE

10 people die every day during the summer from a crash involving a teen driver
Teen crash deaths historically climb during the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ — the period starting at Memorial Day. Nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel, but the primary culprit is not the most likely culprit, according to a new AAA study…MORE


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