Regulatory Roundup, January 5, 2018

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Industry challenges to silica rule are rejected

Industry groups petitioned for review of five issues regarding the silica rule that went into effect last year. Their objections centered around whether there was substantial evidence to support the stricter regulations, but all five objections were rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals…MORE

Second annual Safe + Sound Week scheduled for August

The second annual Safe + Sound Week has been scheduled for Aug. 13-19. OSHA, the National Safety Council and NIOSH are among the organizations teaming up to promote awareness. Employers are encouraged to host events and promote safety and health programs during that week…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Trump administration pushes for lessening of offshore drilling regulations

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement published new regulations for devices used during offshore oil production. Many oil and gas officials applauded the decision, and have previously said that the Obama administration overreached on the rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The proposal does not reverse all existing regulations, but minimizes some of the industry’s obligations. There is a 30-day comment period on the proposed changes…MORE

Tips for fall protection

Four out of the top 10 most common OSHA violations during 2016 involved falls. Occupational Health & Safety magazine posted an article explaining different strategies for fall protection training and what types of challenges manufacturers are facing…MORE

Safety infographic released for the oil and gas industry

The fatality rate in the oil and gas industry was seven times higher than any other industry from 2003-2010. Graphic Products has released an informative infographic showing statistics and safety tips…MORE

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