Regulatory Roundup, August 11

August 11, 2017

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New online whistleblower complaint form

OSHA has released a revised online whistleblower complaint form, which will help ensure that complaints are filed with the appropriate federal agency. The form is available in English and Spanish and includes new features, such as pop-up boxes when agencies besides OSHA would be best able to address an issue…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Lifting app can help reduce back injuries

The NIOSH Lifting Equation mobile app can be used to calculate the risk index for single and multiple manual lifting tasks. This can help employees evaluate lifting tasks and will hopefully lead to a reduction in lower back injuries. NLE Calc can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

New chemical backlog is eliminated

When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took charge of the agency, one of his first challenges was to reduce the backlog of 600 new chemicals in the review process. Pruitt has now announced that, six months later, the backlog has been eliminated. The agency accelerated the process by increasing staff, streamlining the work process and implementing a voluntary pre-submission consultation process…MORE

ANSI approved as accreditation body for formaldehyde rule

The EPA has approved the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an accreditation body for the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. The rule is intended to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain imported or domestically produced wood products. ANSI is one of four organizations recognized to provide accreditation services…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

The impact of wearables on oil and gas

Oil and gas workers face many hazards including falls, toxic fumes, explosions and motor vehicle accidents. The safety world is already looking toward the future of wearable technology, and there are many ways that it could be used to help this historically hazardous industry. New devices could monitor stress levels at heights, sensors that would pick up miniscule amounts of toxic gas and glasses that could measure fatigue based on eyelid movement…MORE

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