Regulatory Roundup, March 17

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA training institute promotes grain engulfment prevention

Suffocation from engulfment is a leading cause of death in grain bins. During the week of March 27, the OSHA Training Institute’s education center at UT-Arlington will host a stand up for grain engulfment prevention event to get workers involved in preventing injuries and fatalities. They have plenty of ideas for company participation and even offer a certificate of participation…MORE 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Exoskeletons are joining the workforce

Wearable exoskeleton devices have the ability to enhance the power of their users and potentially reduce musculoskeletal injuries. The market for industrial use of these devices is expected to increase over the next five years and NIOSH has plans to continue researching their benefits and risks…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC creates new page for Zika

Recently, the CDC released a new webpage allowing users to search by location or click on a map for travel recommendations regarding Zika. Pop-ups contain information on the risk of Zika in that area as well as a link to the page for that country…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Plans for automation in transportation

The Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation is working on plans for the future involving autonomous vehicles. Chris Spear, the president and CEO of the American Trucking Association and a member of the panel, explained that widespread adoption is still years away, but technology is headed in the right direction. Systems like stability control, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking are improving safety and efficiency…MORE

TDI provides eye safety tips

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is helping by providing five eye safety tips to focus on this month. They include information on assessing the workplace, planning ahead, protecting workers, using corrective lenses and ensuring a good fit…MORE

Training tips for the aging workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 44 percent of the workforce is between 45 to 55 years old. Because older workers tend to have decreased strength, reduced fitness and poorer vision and hearing, EHS Today states that training programs may need to be revisited and tailored to their needs. Falls, musculoskeletal issues and ergonomics-related problems should receive greater focus…MORE

ASSE explains what the budget means for safety

The Trump Administration recently released its first budget for fiscal year 2018, which doesn’t target OSHA specifically, but could have other repercussions. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) released an article explaining how the budget would specifically affect safety. …MORE

Regulatory Roundup, March 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 (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Save the date for Safe+Sound Week

OSHA, NSC, AIHA, ASSE and NIOSH are sponsors for Safe+Sound Week, which is scheduled for June 12-18. It’s a week-long event, aimed at promoting the value of workplace safety and health programs. Employers are encouraged to host events and promote the core elements of health and safety programs…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New version of EVADE software released

NIOSH originally developed its Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software for use in the mining industry. The software is used to determine where occupational exposures are high and was designed to work with Helmet-CAM systems. The newest version of the software, EVADE 2.0 is able to match video footage and exposure data for dust, diesel, gases and sound. It’s now useful not only for the mining industry, but also construction and oil and gas…MORE

NIOSH will conduct free health screenings for coal miners

In response to the recent rise in pneumoconiosis (black lung), NIOSH will be offering free health screenings for coal miners starting March 26. The confidential testing will be done in mobile units at community and mine locations, and will consist of a chest radiograph, respiratory assessment questionnaire and spirometry testing…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Spring forward, safely

This weekend, we will turn our clocks forward an hour for the start of daylight saving time. This small shift is known to throw off people’s sleep schedules and increase fatigue. Studies have detected increases in motor vehicle incidents and workplace injuries during the week after the time change …MORE

Distracted driving and walking make for a bad combination

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 fatalities involving distraction-related vehicle crashes in 2015 (the most recent year for which data collection is complete). Additionally, the number of pedestrians treated in emergency rooms after being injured while walking and using their phones doubled between 2005 and 2012. Researchers believe that the combination of distracted drivers and walkers is increasingly alarming and points to the need for a cultural shift…MORE

NSC survey shows impacts of drug misuse

Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) surveyed employers about drug misuse in their company. About 70 percent of employers responded that prescription drug misuse has an impact on their workplace. The survey also showed that over 80 percent of participants are missing at least one critical element in an effective drug policy. The NSC offers resources to help employers with policies and other information…MORE

Honeywell director of hearing conservation explains hearing protection

Occupational Health & Safety Magazine spoke with the director of hearing conservation at Honeywell to identify critical steps for selecting, fitting and properly wearing hearing protection. The article discusses different types of hearing protection and explains the importance of teaching employees how to find a good fit…MORE

This Week in Comp, March 3

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)

Newest recordkeeping rule is closer to being overturned

The most recent OSHA recordkeeping rule clarified employers’ obligation to record workplace injuries and illnesses. If passed, it would allow OSHA to issue citations for inaccurate or missing entries at any point within the five-year retention period, instead of following the current six month statute of limitations. However, on March 1, the House of Representatives voted to block the ruling…MORE

Delay proposed for Beryllium rule’s effective date

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed delay for the effective date of the beryllium rule from March 21, 2017 to May 20, 2017. The delay is in accordance with a White House memorandum issued in January that directed the department to review any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone their effective dates. OSHA has stated that this delay will not affect the compliance dates of the rule…MORE

OSHA is still not accepting electronic submissions

Many people are patiently awaiting the new injury tracking application, which OSHA had previously said would be released February 2017. OSHA has finally updated their recordkeeping page, but only to state that they are not accepting electronic submissions at this time and updates will be posted when available…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC supports World Hearing Day

According to the CDC, hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition in the U.S. The World Health Organization celebrates World Hearing Day every year on March 3rd to bring awareness to the causes and impacts of hearing loss. This year’s theme is “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment,” and the CDC is helping by releasing statistics, resources and other information about this health concern…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH seeks input on PPE-Info Database

NIOSH’s Personal Protective Equipment Information Database (PPE-Info) serves as a compilation of regulations and standards for PPE. NIOSH plans to expand the functionality of the database and they are looking to users for improvement ideas. Comments must be received by April 13…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Professionals provide tips for workplace safety committees

Safety+Health magazine recently released an article pinpointing seven tips that make an effective workplace safety committee. The tips are a combination of guidance from the National Safety Council and from two other safety professionals with many years of experience. They explain everything from creating a curriculum to rotating out committee members…MORE

March is Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute has set six specific goals for National Ladder Safety Month. They include overall goals for the industry of decreasing the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities and increasing the number of trainings and inspections. One of their more specific goals is to increase the usage of their free online training modules…MORE

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