Regulatory Roundup, May 19

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

‘Volks’ rule is re-introduced

This week, Democrats introduced The Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act. The bill would bring back the recordkeeping rule that was overturned in April and clarified employers’ obligations to record and maintain logs for five years. The legislation required OSHA to issue a new regulation within 180 days. Additionally, it amends the six-month statute of limitation on citations and instead starts the six-month clock when OSHA identifies a continuing violation…MORE

OSHA plans to propose extension of electronic submissions

OSHA recently updated its recordkeeping page to state that electronic submissions are not being accepted at this time. The administration also intends to propose an extension of the July 1, 2017 deadline by which employers are required to submit their Form 300A electronically…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

May edition of Research Rounds now available

This month’s edition of NIOSH Research Rounds is now available. Research includes: a link between work-related styrene exposure and asthma and lung disease, an evaluation of fit-testing systems, a method of testing for bacteria in foods, and a study of diesel exhaust and other health risks in fire stations…MORE

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

ASSE has a plan for OSHA

In the midst of ASSE considering a name and logo change, the society has also been preparing a set of recommendations for OSHA to increase its ability to better protect workers on a tighter budget. The recommendations were vetted by safety professionals and encompass a shift from being compliance-driven to becoming an organization focused on analyzing and removing workplace dangers…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Inaugural Safe + Sound Week to be held in June

OSHA, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, ASSE, National Safety Council and NIOSH teamed up to host the first Safe + Sound Week, June 12-18. The event is aimed at raising awareness of the value of successful safety and health programs. There are free events being held across the country, and employers are encouraged to join in and start their safety programs or energize an existing one…MORE

ISEA releases a new version of fall protection guide

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) updated its’ Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide to accommodate the recent OSHA rules for walking-working surfaces as well as fall protection in general industry. The document walks through the process of developing a program, selecting proper equipment and using it correctly. It’s available for free in a PDF document…MORE

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