Regulatory Roundup, April 21

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

Texas Mutual News

$260 million dividend distribution approved

This week, Texas Mutual received approval from the Board of Directors to distribute $260 million in dividends to our policyholders. Recipients are determined based on loss ratio, customer loyalty and board approval. Distribution will begin in late June…MORE

$1 million in grants awarded to colleges

Texas Mutual wants every worker to get the training they need to work safely. That’s why we partner with community colleges in Texas to provide informative safety courses. Texas Mutual has previously awarded grants to risk management programs at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Midland College, Kilgore College, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College and Amarillo College. We are now excited to announce the addition of four new campuses: Angelina College in Lufkin, Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Lee College in Baytown and Texarkana College…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Infographics show the significance of fall hazards

New infographics are available for the National Campaign to Prevent Construction Falls. They show the severity of fall hazards using 2015 and 2016 data and are available for download…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA hosts stand down for landscaping industry

Sixty four people died from workplace injuries in the landscaping industry from 2012 to 2016. OSHA wants to make sure workers are being trained for the hazards they face on the job, so on April 17 and 18 the administration hosted a stand down event focused on industry hazards…MORE

Workers’ Memorial Day to be observed next week

April 28 marks an annual observance of Workers’ Memorial Day, aimed at honoring workers who have died on the job. It also marks the day that OSHA was established (46 years ago) and serves as a reminder to recommit to workplace safety and health. OSHA’s website lists available events by region…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Researchers recommend ergonomics focus for overweight workers

Researchers from Texas A&M and the University at Buffalo have found that workplace ergonomics guidelines are less effective among overweight or obese workers. Those individuals tested worse in movements that are linked with higher numbers of workplace injuries – shoulder flexion and trunk extension. Therefore they recommend increased focus on those groups…MORE

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