Regulatory Roundup, November 17

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Acosta speaks to silica lawsuit and other OSHA rulings

During an appearance before the House Education and Workforce Committee, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said that a lawsuit against OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica rule is “close to a resolution.” Acosta reportedly hopes that there will be a sensible outcome to the rule. He also commented that the agency is balancing the issue of privacy regarding the online recordkeeping rule…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Tips for fall prevention

An estimated 800 falls result in death each year and while the construction industry experiences the majority of these, other industries see a higher number of nonfatal falls. An article posted in EHS Daily Advisor states that the first step to prevention is determining which areas in your facility provide a high risk of falls. Once you understand the danger, then controls, maintenance and inspections can be put into place…MORE

2016 injury and illness rates for Texas are available

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released workplace injury and illness rate data and Texas remains lower than the nation. The Texas incidence rate for nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2016 was 2.2 cases per 100 full-time workers, versus the national rate of 2.9. This is also a slight improvement over the 2015 rate of 2.3 and shows a continuing trend of improvement…MORE

New legislation seeks to ban asbestos

The number of deaths from asbestos exposure in the U.S. is estimated at 13,500 to 16,000 deaths per year. The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017, introduced Nov. 2, would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to eliminate exposure to asbestos. Specifically, it would ban the manufacturing of commerce asbestos within 12 months and would require the Environmental Protection Agency to identify all uses and exposures to asbestos and impose restrictions on use within 18 months…MORE

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