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

 

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