Regulatory Roundup, July 28

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA abandons combustible dust, noise and backing regulations

OSHA recently released its spring regulatory agenda, which includes abandoning efforts to regulate combustible dust exposure, noise exposure for the construction industry and vehicles backing up in factories and construction sites. The agency cited resource constraints and competing priorities as reasons for its decision…MORE

New webpage promotes HAZWOPER safety

OSHA created a webpage to help construction and general industry businesses with the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard. The page includes resources for general businesses, worker preparedness and training…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

NTSB presents recommendations for speeding

More than 112,500 people died in speed-related crashes from 2005 to 2014, but according to the National Transportation Safety Board, not enough attention is given to the issue. At a board meeting this week, the NTSB presented 19 recommendations  to reduce speeding. They involve speed limits, camera enforcement, GPS and other types of sensors…MORE

NSC releases report on fatigue

The first report in a new series from the National Safety Council estimates that 97 percent of workers have at least one workplace fatigue risk factor and 80 percent have more than one. Research shows that the potential for injuries on the job increases with more than one risk factor, and furthermore, about 13 percent of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue…MORE

Window cleaning industry group releases safety guide

The International Window Cleaning Association released a safety guide outlining the hazards and best practices for window cleaners in residential, commercial and construction work. The guide is intended to help workers identify and avoid common hazards and it also provides requirements for personal protective equipment under the walking-working surfaces standard…MORE

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