This Week in Comp, February 24

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)

ladderOSHA holds symposium for ladder safety month

The American Ladder Institute has declared March 2017 to be the first annual Ladder Safety Month. In accordance, OSHA staff is holding a safety symposium next week, on March 2, to discuss their experience with ladder-related tragedies as well as accident prevention methods. The discussion will also be livestreamed online…MORE

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

New app allows users to access electrical codes on the go

A new app allows electricians and other professionals to access the NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) from an iOS or Android device. It costs $95 and includes search options, a table of contents, internal links and zoom and scroll functions, and even highlights the specific changes from the 2014 NEC…MORE

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

distracted-driver-1NTSB releases the most wanted list for 2017-2018

In 2015, about one in ten deaths on the nation’s highways were estimated to involve distracted driving. The NTSB highlights safety issues each year on its most wanted list, and has kept distracted driving on the list for the past four years. To put a stop to this dangerous trend, they urge a combination of education, enforcement and legislation to bring about a cultural change…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Earlier kick detection could prevent oil and gas well incidents

During a recent forum hosted by the Ocean Energy Safety Institute, researchers presented a risk model arguing that earlier kick detection could help prevent loss of well control during offshore oil and gas operations. It is important to improve kick detection capabilities because even though many control loss incidents are resolved quickly, some trigger fires or explosions… MORE

cell-phoneNew apps for workplace safety and training

The Department of Labor & Industries released two new free apps for IOS and Android devices. The first is called WA-HSEQ and it provides a tool for prompt reporting of observations and near misses. It allows users to complete reports, include pictures and send them to others. The second app is called SafeMe and it provides entry level safety training…MORE

lightbulbThe key to lower rates of injury

EHS Today published a story recently about several companies that found ways to improve their employees’ morale and significantly reduce injuries by showing them that management was invested in their safety. One company stopped penalizing employees regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), instead teaching them how the PPE protected them and purchasing non-slip shoes for everyone. Another company bought lightweight garbage bags to prevent employees from overloading them and injuring themselves while trying to lift heavy bags…MORE

Utah company shares a safety success story

A company out of Utah implemented a management-based safety approach when they partnered with OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program and ended up reducing their incidence rate by 60 percent. Their success came from a combination of new training programs, increased employee involvement and improved corrective action after audits and investigations…MORE

 

This Week in Comp, February 17

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

earplugsCDC hearing loss page provides crucial information

About 40 million people have noise-induced hearing loss. The CDC’s hearing loss page contains statistics and noise level information in common terms in order to bring awareness to the potential of being affected. It also provides tips on how to prevent hearing loss and what healthcare providers can do to help…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

February Research Round is released

NIOSH releases a monthly bulletin on their research called Research Rounds. This month’s Research Round discusses core competencies for protecting young workers, ventilation during surgical procedures, lower back pain due to lifting and recommendations to minimize exposure to dry cleaning chemicals…MORE

FireNew workplace solutions for fire fighters

From 2001 to 2015, 81 fire fighter training-related fatalities were investigated. NIOSH recently released a five page document on the prevention of fire fighter deaths and injuries during training exercises. The document includes case studies as well as suggested controls and recommended practices for fire departments…MORE

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

AIHA holds congressional briefing on silica ruling

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica dust, or respirable crystalline silica. On February 15th, AIHA hosted a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to focus on the new silica rule and serve as a case study. Former AIHA president Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP and former OSHA assistant secretary of labor, David Michaels, PhD, MPH, addressed the attendees…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

car-crash-emergency-workersMotor vehicle deaths are on the rise

Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that about 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That’s a 14 percent increase over 2014 and the most escalated two-year change in 53 years. The NSC also released a survey this week showing the probable culprits of this rate increase: speeding, texting and driving while impaired by marijuana or alcohol…MORE

Preventing occupational skin disease

Occupational skin diseases, like dermatitis or skin cancer, are the second most common type of occupational disease. The majority of these diseases are caused by chemical agents, but luckily they can be controlled or prevented by substitution, administrative controls or personal protective equipment…MORE

Infographic on workplace injuries

The NSC produced an infographic on the number of injuries in American workplaces. It’s a visual reminder of the importance of increased workplace safety and shares information such as the common injuries that keep workers away from work and the top three events resulting in lost work days…MORE

This Week in Comp, February 10

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 ext. (512) 224-3986.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC releases a hazard scale for radiation exposure

The CDC has developed a tool for communication during nuclear and radiological emergencies. The radiation hazard scale provides a frame of reference for radiation hazards in terms that the general public can understand. It is designed for use when exact radiation exposures are not available for specific individuals…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

FireGet outreach materials for Burn Awareness Week

Burn injuries are one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the United States. Open flame burns, scalds, electrical burns and chemical burns account for the majority of these injuries. This week is Burn Awareness Week (February 5-11) and the U.S. Fire Administration is providing outreach materials for use at home and at work…MORE

The future of the safety industry

Workplace safety has increased tremendously over the past few decades, but we still have a long way to go. Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America released an article about what steps have been successful and where we should look for future improvements. It highlights the legislative model, but also explains the crucial connection between worker safety and public health…MORE

slipsResearch on slip-resistant footwear

A research organization, IRSST, produced a pamphlet offering guidance on choosing the best slip-resistant footwear for any given task and environment. The pamphlet details the necessary steps that should be taken before making a purchase, such as considering risk factors and finding the proper sole…MORE

New study on desks could lead to healthier workdays

Ergonomics has become a large concern over the past decade, especially with more sedentary offices. The Texas A&M School of Public Health has a research team studying the way people use their computers, from how many times people change positions down to where their eyes fall on the screen. The hope is that these metrics will help produce technology that will encourage ergonomically friendly behavior…MORE

The theory of back belts

In 2015, there were 155,740 back injury incidents on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many people are at odds over whether or not back belts are a safe solution. NIOSH has been fairly firm in their stance that they are not recommended and several studies have shed doubt on whether they offer protection…

This Week in Comp, February 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)

Posting season has begun

As of this week, employers who are required to keep records should have posted the Form 300A, or summary of work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA’s website can help answer recordkeeping questions…MORE

safety-inspectorOSHA consultation program helped over 27,000 employers

During the 2016 fiscal year, OSHA’s free on-site consultation program helped more than 27,000 small to medium-sized companies create safer workplaces. Consultants reported that they were able to help eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards throughout their visits…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

truckNIOSH focuses on the health of truckers

Seven out of ten long-haul truckers are considered obese and are at risk for major health problems. NIOSH created an infographic to help explain the issue and how to prevent it. It ties in well with the month of February being American Heart Month…MORE

New progress performance one-pagers

NIOSH released new Program Performance One-Pagers, or PPOPs, describing the impact of Centers for Agricultural Safety & Health. The one-pagers outline the program’s safety and health priorities and major activities in addition to highlighting accomplishments and noting future plans…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA proposes new rules for chemicals

This past month, the EPA proposed three rules regarding prioritizing and evaluating chemicals. The proposed rules contain an inventory rule, a prioritization rule and a risk evaluation rule. It would require manufacturers and importers to notify EPA and the public of what chemical substances out of EPA’s inventory are still being produced. Additionally, it would allow EPA to better designate chemical substances as active or inactive…MORE

 Studies, Resources, Trends, News

 Add some stretching into your day

Workplace musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs, account for more than 30 percent of all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. But these injuries can often be overlooked, especially when compared to the more high profile hazards like falls. Safety and health professionals are looking for methods to prevent these disorders and encourage the implementation of stretching programs in the workplace…MORE

Construction workerNear full employment leads to less qualified workers

According to a Wall Street Journal study, businesses are spending more time training workers than they were a year ago. With unemployment rates at the lowest in nine years, companies are finding that the labor pool has been drained. Many companies are spending significantly more time and money training new employees because they can’t find workers that are completely qualified from the beginning…MORE

Fitted eyewear required

In 2014, there were 23,730 eye injuries that required time away from work. OSHA reminds us that eye protection can be useless without a proper fit, leading to preventable accidents. New employee orientation should always include training on the proper use, fit and maintenance of personal protective equipment…MORE

 

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