Regulatory Roundup, May 5

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Beryllium proposal sent to White House, possibly reducing safety standards

OSHA has been reviewing its beryllium rule after construction and shipyard industries raised concerns. The administration sent a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review on April 27. After it’s approved by the OMB, OSHA will have to publish a new proposed rule in the Federal Registrar and cite a basis for weakening the standards. It’s expected that the rule will face legal challenges from labor organizations … MORE

Stand-down starts May 8

OSHA, NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training will hold the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week. Employers are encouraged to focus their training and discussions on fall prevention and hazard recognition. The campaign page on OSHA’s website has more information about events being held … MORE

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

Proposed bill aims to improve teen worker health

About 80 percent of teens are members of the workforce and they’re twice as likely to be injured on the job compared to adults. AIHA partnered with NIOSH to develop the Safety Matters program, which raises awareness and provides skills for a safe work environment. AIHA is also heavily supporting Texas House Bill 2010. Proponents of the bill believe it will address the issue by incorporating workplace safety and training information in public school curriculum and hope to see it enacted into law before the end of May … MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Acosta is confirmed as secretary of labor

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Alexander Acosta on April 28, swearing him in as the new secretary of labor. The Senate confirmed him the previous day in a bipartisan vote of 60-38. Acosta served in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration and was also a member of the National Relations Board … MORE

Study shows that workers should replace caffeine with exercise

Research from the University of Georgia showed that 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a low-intensity pace resulted in more energy than 50 milligrams of caffeine, or a standard can of soda. Participants did not show significant boosts in memory or attention, but the short exercise did result in a small increase in motivation … MORE

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