Regulatory Roundup, March 31

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Workplace skill use could impact health

A new study shows that employees may be more productive and healthy if they have opportunities to use their skills in the workplace. Workers that had high skill utilization at work were more likely to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly, which correlates with lower risks for hypertension and high cholesterol.

The study suggests a positive chain of events where employees have opportunities to do their best, experience success, cultivate self-confidence and engage in healthy behaviors, all of which ultimately makes them healthier … MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA rejects ban of chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide that was deemed potentially dangerous during the Obama administration due to links to neurological effects, developmental disorders and autoimmune disorders. A couple of days ago, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition to ban chlorpyrifos because of uncertainty about the risks. He stated that the U.S. needs to provide regulatory certainty to farms, while protecting health and the environment … MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Women’s History Month ends, but NIOSH still aims to inspire

NIOSH has spent the past month sharing inspiring stories of women from its laboratories. Although Women’s History Month is coming to an end, NIOSH encourages young women to follow their dreams and has a Women in Science video series available to help … MORE

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA withdraws proposed rule for safety fitness
A few days ago, the FMCSA withdrew a proposed rule to change the safety fitness determination process for commercial motor vehicle carriers. The administration was previously in pursuit of new methods to determine whether motor carriers are fit to operate based on investigations and/or on-road safety data. Now, FMCSA will wait for a final report from the National Academies of Science to determine if changes are still necessary … MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7

As everyone ramps up for Work Zone Awareness Week starting Monday, published a graphic showing the trends of work zone fatalities:

Increasing construction requires more focus on training

In 2015, 937 construction workers were killed on the job, with 602 of those deaths caused by the “focus four” hazards: caught-in or between, electrocutions, falls and struck-by. With the construction business booming, many firms are reporting plans to hire more people, but this also increases the presence of inexperienced workers. Safety professionals say that training and education are crucial to protecting the workforce, and that more outreach needs to happen with small- to medium- size businesses that may not be aware of all the training materials they can access … MORE

EHS points out five safety culture mistakes

EHS Daily Advisor released an infographic this week that presents five key mistakes companies make when building safety cultures. Their list of common mistakes includes: using too many buzzwords, having a programmatic approach, thinking safety competes with productivity, ignoring culture and being too focused on failure … MORE

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