Regulatory Roundup, Aug. 25

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at 512-224 3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Injury tracking application temporarily suspended, then restored

OSHA’s online injury tracking application reportedly experienced technical difficulties last week, resulting in some pages being unavailable. A spokesperson stated that the agency was alerted to a potential compromise of user information. A scan of the application assured that there was no breach of the data and it has been restored after improvements were implemented…MORE

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Senators question withdrawal of sleep apnea rule

Four senators have asked Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for the data used in the decision to withdraw a proposed rule on obstructive sleep apnea. The senators have cited serious accidents highlighting the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea for rested, safe driving or operation of transportation equipment. They are urging the DOT to reconsider its decision…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

DOL shuffles employees

Wayne Palmer, former Department of Labor chief of staff, has been appointed as acting assistant secretary for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The chief of staff position will be filled by Nicholas Geale. Advocates are reportedly nervous about Palmer’s limited mine safety and health experience…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

PPE tips for storm cleanup

As Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas Coast, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) wants to remind cleanup and restoration workers about the proper safety precautions. According to ISEA, sufficient personal protective equipment is crucial for protecting against floodwater-related hazards such as bacteria, spores and debris…MORE

Tips for silica training

EHS magazine provided tips for training general and maritime industry employees under the new silica standard. The article contains a list of topics workers should understand, guidelines for when training should occur and general safety tips for working around silica…MORE

The ASSE votes for a name change

After a recent member vote, the American Society of Safety Engineers will be renamed the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) next year. ASSE President Jim Smith said the name change will better match the organization’s diverse membership…MORE

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