Regulatory Roundup, April 28

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

Texas Mutual news

Registration is open for Work Safe, Texas summit

Texas Mutual is hosting a Work Safe, Texas summit in Houston on May 16 from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The lineup consists of a panel of industry experts, OSHA updates and inspection information as well as the reveal of a new virtual reality safety app. Breakfast is included…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH presents a new study on oil and gas workers

Sixty-three oil and gas extraction workers died from falls between 2005 and 2014, making falls a leading cause of death in the industry. NIOSH recently published a study showing that the majority of falls occurred in derrickmen positions, where the worker was at 30 feet or higher. Specific reasons included equipment failure and harnesses not being attached to anchor points. Employers are urged to invest in a strong fall protection plan and ensure its implementation on work sites…MORE

The National Safety Council (NSC)

The NSC focuses on dangers of fatigue

According to the NSC, productivity loss from fatigued workers costs employers $1,200 to $3,100 for each employee every year. Fatigue affects us at work and on the road, and can even decrease our overall health. Employees who work rotating shifts are especially vulnerable because their internal clocks can’t adjust to an alternative sleep pattern. The NSC and other industry leaders want to educate the public on the importance of sleep and are encouraging employers to do the same…MORE

Crash reports fail to show true causes of crashes

According to the NSC, no state fully captures all of the data required to understand the true causes of motor vehicle crashes. This means that neither safety nor government organizations can effectively address problems. The NSC identified 23 factors that should be captured on police reports, but right now Kansas and Wisconsin are leading the nation by including only 14 of them…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

HHS will administer $485 million for the opioid fight

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), opioids were responsible for 33,000 deaths in 2015. Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced that the opioid crisis is one of the department’s top three priorities, and the agency will be providing $485 million in grants to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The funding will go toward prevention, treatment and recovery…MORE

A new alliance is created for distracted driving

The National Transportation Safety Board hosted a roundtable this week about the dangers of distracted driving and during the discussion, created the National Alliance for Distraction Free Driving. The (NADFD) brings together legislators, law enforcement officers, traffic safety leaders, industry figures and victims of distracted driving in order to create a cultural change. The alliance wants to connect experience, information and resources because they believe the issue of distracted driving is too vast for any one organization to tackle by itself…MORE

NWRA promotes heat illness prevention

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) held its annual “Water. Rest. Shade.” stand-down this week to promote heat illness prevention and recovery. Workers in the waste and recycling industry experience all types of weather conditions while performing physically demanding jobs, and the campaign began in 2011 to raise awareness of these dangers. OSHA also has many resources to help…MORE

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