Regulatory Roundup, March 24


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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Senate votes to repeal the Volks rule

courtThe U.S. Senate voted earlier this week to repeal the latest recordkeeping rule that extended OSHA’s ability to cite recordkeeping violations from six months to five years. The House passed its own bill to repeal the rule about a month ago. Employers must still keep records and the electronic recordkeeping requirements are still in effect…MORE

Outreach program receives positive feedback from accountability report

Last year, OSHA’s Outreach Training Program educated about 900,000 workers on hazard recognition and prevention. A recent Government Accountability Office report determined that the program is operating efficiently and no recommendations were made to OSHA…MORE

U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)

With looming budget cuts, the CSB strives to market its value

The CSB is among 18 other agencies that were recently proposed for elimination in the federal budget. This week, the agency has been promoting its previous work and how lessons learned have saved countless lives…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Calculator shows employers the cost of substance useNarcotics with Prescription Warning Label

The National Safety Council (NSC) and Shatterproof, a national nonprofit, released a cost calculator that shows employers the cost of substance use in their workplace. The calculator considers prescription drugs, alcohol, opioids, heroin, marijuana and other illicit drugs and is based on the number of employees, industry and state…MORE

Virginia Tech studies the effects of caffeine on truckers

Truck on freewayThe Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) recently conducted a study on caffeine and truck driving to measure the relationship between caffeine use, sleep and critical safety events. Results showed that caffeine did not interrupt sleep for habitual caffeine users. As far as safety, the study found that there was a six percent reduction in the rate of critical safety events for every eight ounces of caffeinated drink consumed…MORE

Major construction site fires prove need for fire safety programs

FireAccording to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to about 830 fires occurring in multi-unit residential properties that were under construction from 2007 to 2011. This year, three major fires have occurred in apartments that were currently under construction. One building was even inspected three days before the fire. Professionals say that the fires highlight the need for fire safety programs and the designation of a fire prevention manager during construction…MORE

ASSE recognizes anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

On March 25, 1911, 146 workers died while trying to escape a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York. As a result of the tragic disaster, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) was formed and legislation was passed to require improved factory safety standards. ASSE encourages workers to pay tribute to those that lost their lives…MORE

Utah passes a new legal limit for alcohol

Last year, 40,000 people were killed on U.S. roads, and alcohol continues to be a leading factor. Recently, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed new legislation that establishes 0.05 as the legal limit for alcohol. Utah is the first state to do so and NSC applauded their efforts…MORE


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