Regulatory Roundup, September 22

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Potential grace period for good faith efforts in silica compliance

The enforcement of OSHA’s crystalline silica ruling begins on Sept. 23 for the construction industry. However, the agency posted a memorandum explaining that employers who are making good-faith efforts to comply could avoid citations during the first 30 days and even receive compliance assistance…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

New assistant secretary of labor is nominated

Former mining executive David Zatezalo has been nominated to be the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. Zatezalo has almost 40 years’ experience in the mining industry and United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts has hopes that he will take a tough stance on enforcement…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New software for emergency response

NIOSH released a new software platform called ERHMS Info Manager. Its purpose is to track emergency response and worker activity after a natural disaster or public health emergency. Users can create responder profiles, record incidents and assign them to a responder, request information from responders through a form and analyze data…MORE

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

Slips, trips and falls training

In 2015, 86 Texans died at work due to slips, trips and falls. TDI has a five-minute training guide to kick-start your safety meetings and help prevent these types of accidents. Topics include proper footwear, good housekeeping and maintenance…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Tips for preparedness

National Preparedness Month continues, and in light of the recent hurricanes, many are wondering what they should do to be ready for an emergency. Texas Mutual’s recent blog post provides tips to help workplaces prepare for a disaster…MORE


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