Regulatory Roundup, Jan 6, 2017

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)

gavelNew beryllium ruling set to be released
Exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds can cause disease and even lung cancer. OSHA is updating the existing standard to decrease the permissible exposure limit. The ruling is set to be officially released on Monday, January 9 …MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

doctorContinued concerns of black lung disease resurfacing                                                                                                 Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, is an often-fatal disease caused by prolonged exposure to respirable coal mine dust. New investigations are being done regarding a spike in cases over the past two years, with one cluster of cases recently discovered by a radiology practice in Kentucky. Because this was not caught by the national surveillance program, it’s also causing concerns about the state of the program…MORE

New technology aimed at protecting coal miners                                                                                                                                                To combat the rising black lung disease cases, NIOSH has been developing a portable dust monitor that will warn miners when they encounter hazardous concentrations. The monitor allows miners to get real- time feedback instead of having to send samples to a lab for results…MORE

NIOSH urges workers to be aware of cold stress                                                                                                                                            Many Texans don’t feel the need to worry about cold stress, but in areas that are unaccustomed to winter weather, even near freezing temperatures can be dangerous. When the temperature drops and wind picks up, shivering and fatigue can easily turn into hypothermia. Be aware of the risks and how to protect yourself in the cold during these winter months…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

car-crash-emergency-workersCDC aims to protect teen drivers
The leading cause of death for teenagers is motor vehicle accidents. The CDC’s Graduated Driving Licensing Guide can help train teen drivers. All 50 states have adopted all or part of this guidance, which consists of three stages: learner’s permit, intermediate/provisional license and unrestricted license…MORE

 

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BLS results show a rise in deaths due to workplace injuries
Results from 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a 0.3 percent increase in workplace deaths from 2014, with 4,836 deaths. This is the highest number since 2008. While the overall rate of fatal workplace injuries fell, the rise in the number of deaths is still alarming…MORE

construction-guyConstruction projects expected to continue to rise
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported that construction spending in November 2016 marked a 10-year high. This growth is expected to continue as the types of construction projects change. There has been an increase in office construction, while manufacturing and apartment construction have slowed down…MORE

New study conducted for fatigue
Fatigue can lead to errors on the job and major accidents. A recent study on occupational fatigue found that lack of sleep and poor working conditions are the main causes. Poor working conditions could be noise, vibration or even temperature…MORE

Mining deaths continue to drop
The number of deaths in US mines has steadily decreased since 2009. With 2016 results in, the new record low is 25. The results encourage safety and health professionals that they are on the right track to eliminate loss of life…MORE

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