Regulatory Roundup, June 2

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New transportation module available in OSHA eTool

About 40 percent of fatalities in the oil and gas industry stem from highway vehicle accidents. To help address this, a newly developed transportation module is now available with the OSHA Oil and Gas eTool, a training resource on common industry hazards and solutions. The eTool offers training on transporting personnel and equipment, vehicle operation at well sites, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility task vehicles (UTVs)…MORE

OSHA teams up with the FCC for communication tower safety

The FCC and OSHA created a joint workshop in 2014 and have now released best practice guidelines for safely working on and around communication towers. The guidelines are meant to be informal and do not impose new safety obligations. They center around hazards such as falls, structural collapses, struck-by hazards and improper rigging and hoisting…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH studies the relationship between job factors and health

NIOSH recently conducted a study and found that work duties, a lack of paid sick leave and psychosocial factors raise the risk of poor worker health. Researchers analyzed survey results from more than 10,000 employed adults across many occupations. Participants in business operations were more likely to rate their health as fair or poor, while workers with no paid sick leave or a work-life imbalance were more likely to rate their health as poor…MORE

National Safety Council (NSC)

National safety month begins

The NSC and organizations across the county observe National Safety Month each year in June. The event focuses on reducing injuries both on and off the clock. Topics this year include falls, fatigue, active shooter preparation and ergonomics…MORE

Free train-the-trainer workshops

The National Safety Council has partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to host free train-the-trainer workshops throughout Texas this summer. Topics include distracted, impaired and aggressive driving along with passenger restraint. After completion of the course, participants will receive copies of the curriculum to present to their companies…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

New technology leads to new types of injuries

The possibilities of new technology are exciting for the safety training world, but many experts are beginning to study the possible side effects such as “BlackBerry thumb” or “laptop back.” A safety report from a new Apple eye-mounted prototype device was recently released and it seems that testers were experiencing eye pain. Experts warn that companies incorporating virtual reality training need to be aware of potential hazards such as drowsiness or eye pain and train for them accordingly…MORE

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