Regulatory Roundup, December 30, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at 512-224 3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
workplace-violenceOSHA considers workplace violence standard for healthcare

The rate of workplace violence against employees in healthcare and social assistance is significantly higher than in private industry. This month, OSHA published a Request for Information (RFI) in order to develop a potential standard to prevent workplace violence in these industries. They will be taking comments until April 6, 2017…MORE

OSHA can help you prepare for emergencies

Emergency situations can happen to any business. OSHA’s fact sheet summarizes elements that your business needs to have in place, from establishing a plan to providing the proper equipment…MORE

safety-inspectorRuling updated for injury and illness records

Current recordkeeping regulations have been amended to clarify the maintenance of workplace injury and illness records. The ruling is scheduled to take effect January 18, 2017 and will allow OSHA to issue citations for employers failing to record an injury or illness up to six months following the mandatory five year retention period…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH updates IDLH level for 1,3-Butadiene

Exposure to 1,3-Butadiene, used in the production of synthetic rubber, can lead to neurological effects and frostbite. Because of the danger of explosion, NIOSH recently updated the immediately dangerous to life or health level (IDLH) for this chemical to ten percent of the lower explosive limit…MORE

pagesNIOSH releases Total Worker Health workbook

There are five key factors in Total Worker Health that can boost workplace safety at your company. This month, NIOSH released a downloadable workbook to help you develop this concept for your workers and improve your safety initiatives…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

flu-seasonSeasonal flu guidance is updated

The flu is capable of spreading like wildfire in your workplace. CDC recently updated its guidance for helping protect yourself and coworkers from the flu. This flu season, only injectable vaccines are recommended and new technology has removed the requirement for the use of flu virus…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Look back at the safety and health industry in 2016

From Zika and Opiods, to the new silica and electronic reporting rulings, this year has been eventful for the safety and health industry. Occupational Health & Safety magazine summarized the key events in 2016…MORE

Massachusetts middle school launches workplace safety program

Monomoy Middle School was in the news this week for launching a program called “Safety Matters” to teach kids about workplace safety. A volunteer for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) spoke to the students about taking safety seriously and their right to a safe workplace, using stories from real teen workers…MORE

small-smartphoneGuidelines proposed for the use of electronic devices

Distracted driving has become a key factor in the amount of vehicle-related incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed voluntary guidelines for the use of mobile and other electronic devices while operating vehicles. They ask that these electronic devices be designed to reduce driver distractions with technology such as pairing…MORE

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