Regulatory Roundup, December 8

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

What to do after an OSHA citation

The Business Journals released an article outlining the three things you need to do after receiving a citation from OSHA. The article explains proper procedures for posting a copy of each citation, carefully reviewing each citation and its associated penalty, and then working on abatement…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Proposed respirator leakage standards rule withdrawn

Due to evidence provided during the public comment period, NIOSH withdrew a notice of proposed rulemaking that would have established standards for total inward leakage of half-mask air-purifying particulate respirators. Stakeholder input said that the requirements might not improve performance of NIOSH-approved respirators and could remove well-performing respirators. There was also concern that the cost could outweigh any benefits. NIOSH has decided to pursue improvements through developing national and international consensus standards instead…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Graphics available on transportation fatalities

The National Transportation Safety Board revealed that 39,339 people died in transportation accidents in 2016 – 2,030 more than in 2015. Highway, marine and railroad sectors saw increases, while aviation saw a slight decline. The board released charts showing a breakdown for each mode…MORE

Tips for preventing a cold and the flu

Each year, about one billion colds are caught and five to 20 percent of the U.S. population catches the flu. The National Safety Council provided a 5-minute safety document containing tips on staying healthy, symptoms of the flu and  colds, as well as how to stop the spread of germs if you do become ill…MORE

Tips for warehouse safety

Fatality, injury and illness rates for warehouse workers are above the national average for other industries. The EHS Daily Advisor released an article detailing the most common injuries and hazards in warehouses, including forklift accident, unsafe lifting, slips and falls and struck-by injuries. The article also provides tips on how to prevent them…MORE

More CMV drivers are wearing seatbelts

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration survey found that 86 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore seatbelts in 2016. This statistic is up by 21 percent from 2007 and two percent from 2013. However, the administration is still adamant that the number should reach 100 percent…MORE

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