Regulatory Roundup, May 12, 2017

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Minnesota senator introduces worker safety bill

This month, Senator Al Franken introduced the “Protecting America’s Workers Act,” which would update the Occupational Safety and Health Act and improve workplace conditions. The bill would extend OSHA coverage to currently excluded workers, strengthen penalties as well as worker rights and enhance antidiscrimination laws. Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio and Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts are co-sponsors of the bill…MORE

National Safety Council (NSC)

2017 injury facts are in

The NSC recently released its 2017 edition of Injury Facts and although workplace fatalities increased, the number of deaths is not rising as quickly as incidents away from work. Transportation-related deaths are still at the top of the charts at 41.2 percent of all workplace fatalities. However, the NSC is also starting to focus on the increasing problem of fatigue and its relationship to unintentional injuries…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

What Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR retirement says about workplace safety

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his decision to retire from NASCAR, he mentioned concerns about recent concussions and the possibility of future incidents. Another driver, Carl Edwards, also retired recently due to safety concerns. Safety professionals are drawing key lessons out of these actions, saying that safer workplaces are often more enticing than more money. Poor safety cultures lead to higher turnover, so consider improving your safety program now…MORE

North America celebrates NAOSH Week

The North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) was established in 1997 with an agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and it was celebrated this week, May 7-13. During the week, employers, employees and the public are encouraged to focus on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace and in the community…MORE

Spending bill means OSHA is safe for 2017

Congress passed a spending bill this month that will leave OSHA’s funding unaffected for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. Additionally, NIOSH received an increase from what was originally proposed. The Mine Safety and Health Administration received a small cut overall. Future funding for all agencies is still unclear, but quite a few organizations have been sending letters to the House and Senate requesting that funding remain close to current levels…MORE

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