Regulatory Roundup: April 7, 2017

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

National Safety Council (NSC)

NSC promotes Distracted Driving Month

In 2016, about 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes. A recent NSC study revealed some of the risky behaviors that drivers are engaging in: texting, speeding, and driving while impaired. April is distracted driving month and the National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting free resources to raise awareness…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Enforcement for silica standard is delayed

On April 6, OSHA announced a delay in the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard for the construction industry. It was originally set for June 23 but has been pushed to September 23 while the agency considers additional guidance. In the meantime, OSHA does expect employers to take steps either to come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit or implement controls…MORE

OSHA ramps up for this year’s stand-down

Falls accounted for about 38 percent of deaths in the construction industry in 2015, and are consequently named one of the fatal four hazards. This May will mark the fourth annual National Fall Prevention Stand-Down and OSHA is already promoting the cause and providing resources. Employers are urged to take a work break and focus on fall hazards and fall prevention with their employees…MORE

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

The Nation focuses on work zone safety

In 2015, 700 people lost their lives in U.S. roadway work zone crashes. For the last 18 years, National Work Zone Awareness Week has been promoting the safety of motorists and workers around work zones. This year, the event was hosted by Maryland and the theme was “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.” Information on this year’s event, previous events and work zone safety in general can be found on FHWA’s website…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

The first week of April is designated as National Asbestos Awareness Week

A recent CDC study showed that 45,221 people died between 1999 and 2015 due to malignant mesothelioma. Worse, the study also showed that deaths increased from 1999 to 2015. In light of this, the U.S. Senate designated the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. The goal is to educate Americans on the risks and realities of asbestos exposure…MORE

Zika testing recommended for Lower Rio Grande Valley

As the 2017 mosquito season begins, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has issued a health alert for residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. There is expected to be an increase in local transmissions of the Zika virus and testing is recommended for any pregnant residents of the area. Testing is also recommended for any other residents that experience a rash and one other symptom of Zika (fever, joint pain, eye redness)…MORE

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