Regulatory Roundup, December 1

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Two-week extension provided for electronic reporting

OSHA has announced a two-week deadline extension for employers to electronically submit their injury and illness data because of website downtime in August. Affected employers must submit their data by Dec. 15…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) improves safety performance by 87 percent

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced that its safety benchmarking and improvement tool led to as much as an 87 percent reduction in total recordable injury rates for participating businesses. The Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) gives employers a roadmap using six specific leading indicators to show how the organization is approaching its safety culture…MORE

Employees report elevated stress during holidays

A recent survey found that 35 percent of people feel more work-related pressure during the holiday season. Balancing holiday events, work obligations and increased workload were highest among the factors causing stress. Surveyed employees said that higher year-end bonuses, more flexible work schedules and more paid vacation would be helpful changes…MORE

Safety and health budgets expected to increase in 2018

A recent international study of environmental health and safety (EHS) directors showed that budgets will increase by about 5.4 percent in 2018 due to investments in technology. Reportedly, the areas of focus will be in technology spending, worker safety, EHS consulting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions…MORE

Tips for working in the cold

Winter weather can bring hazardous conditions for outdoor workers. Three main factors to consider are temperature, wind and moisture. Limiting exposure to cold temperatures can help prevent cold stress, frostbite, hypothermia and trench foot…MORE

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