Regulatory Roundup, June 9

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Heat safety app is updated

OSHA partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to redesign the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app. The app determines heat index values based on temperature and humidity. The director of NIOSH, John Howard, M.D., explained that most workers rely on employers to provide breaks and drinking water, but this app puts life-saving information in the hands of both workers and employers…MORE

OSHA proposes delay for crane certification mandate

This week, OSHA announced its intention to delay the mandate for construction crane operator certification by one year. OSHA will present its proposal to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health during a teleconference on June 20. The mandate in question would adjust the basis of certification to only consider the type of crane…MORE

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

DWC will host regional summit on July 18

The division of workers’ compensation will host a regional workplace safety summit in Austin on July 18. The workshop will cover maintenance hazards, occupational driving programs, forklift training programs and OSHA recordkeeping…MORE

National Safety Council (NSC)

NSC warns of preventable injury rise during summer months

Most deaths from preventable accidents occur during July and August, according to the NSC. To combat this, NSC urges everyone to use National Safety Month to re-focus on safety both at work and at home. NSC also provides tips for reducing injury risks…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Texas bans texting and driving

According to TxDOT, one in five car accidents are caused by distracted driving. Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he signed the texting and driving ban into law, which will take effect September 1. Texas joins about 47 other states in this effort to reduce distracted driving…MORE

Stand down for trench safety

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), with OSHA’s support, is requesting that employers across the county hold a trench safety stand down during the week of June 19. NUCA aims to raise awareness of the hazards involved with trenching and excavation operations and reduce injuries…MORE

Safety steps for small businesses

Based on U.S. Small Business Administration standards, small businesses account for 49 percent of the private sector. NIOSH data indicates that these businesses are more likely to experience workplace injuries and illnesses. The EHS Daily Advisor published an article about the three key steps small businesses should take to keep workers safe: know the hazards, prevent and control hazards and train employees…MORE

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