Regulatory Roundup, July 21

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA releases more information on electronic submission ruling for injury data

Last month, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the deadline for electronic submissions of Form 300A to December 1, 2017. Now the administration has announced that the Injury Tracking Application will be accessible to employers on August 1…MORE

New compliance guide available for silica standard

OSHA released a compliance guide for the respirable crystalline silica standard geared toward small entities in the general and maritime industries. The guide describes employer requirements in relation to the hazards associated with silica exposure. Enforcement of the new rule is scheduled to begin in June 2018…MORE

Applications are open for the Susan Harwood Training Grant

OSHA announced $10.5 million in funding for its Susan Harwood Training Grants Program, which is available to nonprofit organizations. Grants provide training programs on workplace safety hazards, including employees rights and employer responsibilities. Applications are being accepted until August 28…MORE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC awards $12 million to fight opioid abuse

The CDC announced an award of over $12 million to 23 states and Washington, D.C. in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic. The funds will go toward prevention efforts and better tracking of opioid-related overdoses. CDC also expects to announce more funding later this summer…MORE

Federal Highway Administration

New report tracks highway construction cost inflation

The FHWA released its latest National Highway Construction Cost Index showing the rising cost of highway construction and maintenance over time. It’s the first revision since 2007 and provides important information to decision-makers in infrastructure. The latest data shows that highway construction costs are up by about 68 percent over the past 13 years…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Study finds links between job type and vitamin D deficiency

A recent study analyzed people in the northern and southern hemispheres and found the highest vitamin D deficiencies in shift workers (80 percent) and indoor workers (77 percent). Only 48 percent of outdoor workers had a vitamin D deficiency. Results suggest that occupation is a major factor in vitamin D levels and regular screenings for those in at-risk groups could prevent possible negative health effects…MORE

 

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