Regulatory Roundup, June 30

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA proposes new recordkeeping deadline

OSHA has proposed a rule that would delay the electronic recordkeeping enforcement date from July 1 to December 1, 2017. The agency has stated that the delay would provide the Trump administration with more time to review the requirements. It also includes plans for launching the data collection website in August, giving employers four months to submit their records…MORE

Annual heat safety campaign launched

According to OSHA, more than 65,000 emergency room visits occur annually due to extreme heat exposure. The administration has launched its annual Water. Rest. Shade. campaign, reminding employers and employees about the dangers of working outdoors in the heat…MORE

OSHA proposes rollback of beryllium ruling

Beryllium is an industrial material linked to chronic beryllium disease, estimated to kill 100 people annually. Last week, OSHA issued a proposal that would require shipyards and construction companies that use coal slag to meet the same maximum exposure limit as other industries. However, it also proposes that the two sectors be exempt from requirements such as medical monitoring and other safety measures, citing that a review indicated no additional benefits…MORE

Acting assistant secretary reaches retirement

Dorothy Dougherty, the acting head of OSHA, retires this week. The White House has not yet nominated a replacement, but Tom Galassi is considered the likeliest candidate. As far as naming an OSHA chief, Scott Mugno remains the most talked-about candidate, but nothing has been announced…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, it’s a good time to review OSHA’s publication on fireworks safety for both sales and display operators…MORE

Safety 2017 expo indicates big shift in technology

Industrial Safety & Hygiene News magazine reports that the recent Safety 2017 expo showcased technology in a big way. Twenty-eight vendors showcased mobile applications ranging from tracking devices to mobile inspection software. The future of safety technology could likely include all workers being connected via web-based mobile devices, allowing safety departments to collect worker data and push data out to workers…MORE

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