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Proposed respirator leakage standards rule withdrawn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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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

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

Regulatory Roundup, November 11

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Crane operator certification ruling is officially delayed

OSHA published a final rule to delay crane operator certification requirements by one year. The agency intends to propose a removal of the capacity component of certification, which was one of the two unresolved issues in the initial requirements. OSHA stated that it is not prepared to make a determination on the second issue: that a certification does not necessarily mean that an operator is competent or experienced enough to operate a crane…MORE

Department of Labor (DOL)

DOL released Strategic Plan draft

The Department of Labor is pushing to expand OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs in the coming years and is seeking comments on its draft of a strategic plan. The draft includes three overall goals, including supporting Americans who are looking for jobs, ensuring safe workplaces and promoting workers’ compensation and benefits programs. Comments are due by Dec. 7…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Nonfatal injury and illness rates decrease

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released 2016 data showing that the nonfatal injury and illness rates for the private sector decreased slightly from the previous year. Additionally, nonfatal injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work decreased slightly as well. The construction, manufacturing and trade industries experienced significant rate decreases, while the finance and insurance industries experienced the lowest rates…MORE

CPWR says construction related electrocutions are ‘unacceptably high’

Construction workers represented 61 percent of electrocution fatalities in 2015. Although construction industry electrocution deaths are down 39 percent since 2003, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) called the 82 deaths in 2015 “unacceptably high.” The report pointed to solutions such as personal protective equipment, tool inspection, maintenance and proper equipment such as nonconductive ladders…MORE

Preparing workers for cold weather

Employees who work outdoors could be at risk of cold stress, which can lead to serious health problems. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has educational resources, training materials and recommendations to prepare employers and workers for winter temperatures…MORE

Regulatory Roundup, November 3

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Assistant Secretary of Labor nomination in announced

President Trump nominated Scott Mugno for the position of Assistant Secretary of Labor. Mugno is currently the VP of Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle Management with FedEx Ground and he has also served on multiple American Trucking Association committees…MORE

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSANew FMCSA administrator faces the Senate

Raymond Martinez, head of FMCSA, appeared before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for the first time. One mandate in question was electronic logging devices in commercial motor vehicles, which is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 18 and has received mixed reviews…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

SmokingCDC researches tobacco users across industries

The CDC released a report showing that the highest number of workers using tobacco products reside in the construction, mining, transportation and warehousing industries. The agency recommends that employers have coverage for cessation treatment and adopt smoke-free policies…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Training on drowsy driving prevention

With the end of Daylight Saving Time approaching, it’s a good time to have a refresher on drowsy driving. The Texas Department of Insurance has a quick five tip presentation to help…MORE

Visualizing safety in your workplace

A recent article from Occupational Health & Safety magazine discusses the importance of your workplace understanding a clear definition of safety. The article presents questions to discuss in order to create a visual model unique to your workplace considering risks and precautions…MORE 

Light bulb hardhatNew manual explains an integrated approach to worker safety, health and well-being

A recent publication from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health explains that focusing on policies and practices to influence working conditions can improve worker safety, health and well-being. The manual includes examples and tools to help businesses initiate integration…MORE

Regulatory Roundup, October 27

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA proceeds with full enforcement of silica standard

Since Sept. 23, OSHA has been offering compliance assistance in lieu of enforcement for employers making a good-faith effort to comply with the construction silica standard. However, as of Oct. 23, the agency is now fully enforcing the standard…MORE

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH studies robotics

Sixty-one robot-related worker deaths occurred between 1992 and 2015. NIOSH launched the Center for Occupational Robotics Research in an effort to improve worker safety in this field. The agency will work with academia, industry and government officials to research the advantages and hazards of robot workers and develop guidance…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Employees are open to employers’ help dealing with stress

The American Heart Association researched employee perception of stress programs. The report showed that 73 percent of participants whose employers offered resiliency programs believe their health improved as a result. Additionally, data showed that valued programs include methods for dealing with difficult people, improving physical health, handling pressure and identifying causes of work-related problems…MORE

NYC buckles down on safety training requirements

New York City took construction worker safety into its own hands by passing legislation that will require 100 or more hours of training for anyone working on a permitted construction site. The training includes the OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses as well as several site safety training credits. Anyone violating the new requirements could face up to $5,000 in fines…MORE

Regulatory Roundup, October 20

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA resumes normal operation in Texashardhat gavel

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, OSHA ceased most enforcement actions and focused on compliance assistance and outreach to affected counties. Now, the agency is resuming regular enforcement operations in most of the impacted counties. OSHA will continue to provide compliance assistance and outreach in the most heavily impacted areas…MORE

New information on OSHA’s silica webpage

OSHA updated their silica page to include information on where silica is found and the associated health hazards. The page also contains tabs with information on compliance assistance for the construction, maritime and general industries…MORE

OSHA releases two fact sheets

osha-logoOSHA released new fact sheets on the Zika virus and shipyard competent persons. The Zika virus fact sheet focuses on biomedical laboratory workers and discusses how exposures can occur, best practices and tips for what to do if an exposure occurs. The shipyard competent person fact sheet includes information on determining the safety of a confined space as well as knowledge and skill requirements, and expected tasks for the competent person…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Coalition against increase in poultry production meets with USDA

The poultry industry’s injury rate is currently two times the national average of all industries. However, an industry petition has been brought forward that would increase production speeds from 140 to 175 birds per minute. Poultry workers and officials from nonprofit organizations and unions recently met with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to urge a denial of the petition based on worker safety, animal suffering and consumer protection…MORE

NFPA releases new edition of electrical safety code

FireThe newest electrical code from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), NFPA 70E 2018, is now available. The new version clarifies accountability for electrical safety and addresses job planning, hierarchy of risk controls and risk assessment. The code also includes modified definitions to align with OSHA standards and clarifies terms…MORE

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