Regulatory Roundup, June 24, 2016

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

Texas Mutual

If you can’t take the heat, follow the hierarchy
hierarchycontrolsLast week, OSHA issued a heat advisory for Texas. Employers should use the hierarchy of controls to protect employees from heat illness this summer…MORE

6 employee training programs companies should invest in
Companies that invest in training yield 218 percent more income per employee than those that don’t, according to a recent study. Texas Mutual’s Woody Hill says employers that want to control lost productivity, increased workers’ compensation premiums and other costs associated with workplace accidents should include health and safety in their training offerings…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

New TSCA law reigns in chemical safety
When the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) went into effect in 1976, there were 62,000 chemicals in the marketplace. Five have been banned under the Act, and only a small percentage has been scrutinized for hazards. That could soon change with the signing of an updated law that eliminates bureaucratic hurdles to evaluating chemical safety…MORE

Federal Legislation

U.S. Supreme Court limits drunk driving test laws
drunk drivingA Supreme Court ruling requires police to get a search warrant before requiring suspected drunk drivers to submit to blood tests. The ruling does not apply to breath tests…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH releases hazard recognition simulator for aerial lift operators
A new NIOSH simulator helps workers acclimate to aerial lift operation and identify associated hazards,  such as depressions, crushing hazards and tip-over hazards…MORE

Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA)

President signs pipeline safety bill
legislationPresident Obama signed a bill that renews the federal government’s pipeline safety program. The law grants the PHMSA the power to quickly issue emergency orders for the pipeline industry, and it mandates national regulations for the construction and operation of underground natural gas storage facilities…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Pharmaceutical companies to start testing first Zika vaccine on humans
Two pharmaceutical companies have their sights set on releasing the world’s first Zika vaccine. Federal regulators gave the companies the green light to start testing the vaccine on 40 human subjects…MORE

High-tech safety features a priority for older drivers
BU-InfoG-ThumbBlind-spot warning systems, smart headlights and other high-tech safety features are a priority for 76 percent of drivers who are at least 50 years old, according to a new survey. The survey suggests older drivers equate advanced technology with enhanced safety…MORE

33 percent of American workers say their employers prioritize productivity over safety
One-third of the 2,000 employees who participated in a National Safety Council survey believe safety takes a backseat to productivity at their organizations. That perception was highest among employees in high-hazard industries…MORE

Global safety standard developers aiming for a 2017 effective date
ISO, 45001, the voluntary international standard intended to improve workplace safety across the globe, is expected to go into effect sometime in 2017. Contractors are watching the proceedings closely because some multinational companies will only do business with ISO-certified suppliers and contractors… MORE



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