Regulatory Roundup, April 14

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

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH seeks feedback on occupational exposure banding

NIOSH is looking for feedback on a draft document concerning occupational exposure banding, which entails quickly categorizing chemicals. The organization has specified 11 issues that reviewers should consider and they need comments by June 13…MORE

National Safety Council (NSC)

NSC shares five-minute disaster talk

For many states, spring marks the start of tornado season. The NSC urges employers to take this opportunity to evaluate their emergency action plans for any type of disaster. The council also provides a five-minute safety talk for helpful tips…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A new study evaluates American workers’ sleep time

The CDC recently conducted a study across more than 90 occupation groups and multiple states. Results from the study showed that production workers are getting the least amount of sleep, followed by those in healthcare, food preparation and serving, and protective service. On the other end of the spectrum, education, training and library workers as well as farming, fishing and forestry groups, are getting the most sleep…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Workforce development organization aims to overhaul oil and gas training

OPITO is a workforce development organization that is working to create online safety and training standards for safety-critical emergency response training in the oil and gas industry. More than a dozen training providers have already signed up in support of the program. The launch is scheduled for later this year…MORE

Army ammunition plant explosion kills 1, injures 4

On Tuesday, an explosion occurred at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri. The blast killed one employee and injured four others. OSHA is currently investigating, along with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. OSHA fined the plant in 2008, 2011 and 2012…MORE

ASSE promotes 2017 safety campaigns

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) released a poster to promote five major national safety and health campaigns. They also have a video to help companies create a successful stand-down…MORE

Worker input leads to improved safety and employee satisfaction

Workplace eye injuries cost about $300 million per year. This month, ISHN magazine shared an inspiring story about an international manufacturing company, Greenbrier, which found a solution for its employees. Not only did the company research costs and their work environment, but they also took into consideration feedback from employees regarding the comfort and efficiency of current PPE. The solution has led to a safer and more loyal workforce…MORE

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