Regulatory Roundup, October 13

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA and ASSE provide protective equipment for companies affected by Hurricane Harvey

OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) partnered to distribute personal protective equipment and other resources to businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey. The agencies are also pushing businesses to prepare for future crisis situations…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) 

Pre-shift exam standard delayed

MSHA has delayed the final rule on pre-shift examinations of metal and non-metal mines until June 2, 2018. The rule would require an examination of the workplace before work begins as well as a record of adverse conditions and the dates of corrective actions. Four public hearings will be held and comments are due by Nov. 13…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC launches opioid awareness campaign

Between 1999 and 2015, overdoses from opioids contributed to more than 183,000 deaths. In response,  the CDC launched the Rx Awareness campaign, which uses videos, graphics, billboards and other advertisements to spotlight risks associated with opioids…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

SAMHSA adds opioids to drug testing panel

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has added four semi-synthetic opioids to the mandatory guidelines for drug testing of federal employees. As of Oct. 1, federal employees are being tested for OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Dilaudid. However, positive test results supported by valid prescriptions will not be reported to the agencies…MORE

Forklift safety tips

According to OSHA, 35,000 serious injuries occur each year involving forklifts. This shows why it’s important to follow established safety procedures, including wearing a seatbelt, entering the forklift with three points of contact and not driving with the lift up…MORE


Regulatory Roundup, October 6

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Another push on Voluntary Protection Programs

The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Act was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee after being introduced on Sept. 27. The programs recognize employers and workers who have implemented effective safety and health programs. OSHA has stated that it seeks to finalize improvements to VPP within the next year…MORE

Rep. DeLauro questions OSHA staffing levels

Rep. Rosa DeLauro sent a letter to Loren Sweatt, OSHA’s acting assistant secretary of labor, regarding the agency’s lack of inspectors. DeLauro pointed out that with the current number of inspectors, every workplace could be visited just once every 159 years. She requested that Sweatt provide thorough data on staffing numbers by the end of October…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Noise and hearing loss prevention

Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S., but it is 100 percent preventable. NIOSH urges employers and employees to use resources on the agency’s website to learn about the signs of hearing damage and how to prevent it…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Find resources for ergonomics month

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is urging companies to recognize and reduce the hazards of musculoskeletal disorders. The organization is participating in Global Ergonomics Month by providing educational resources. One of the most prevalent lessons is the 20-8-2 recommendation, which means alternating twenty minutes sitting, eight minutes standing and two minutes moving or stretching…MORE

Crime prevention month tips

The National Crime Prevention Council recognizes Crime Prevention Month each October. Even if retail isn’t your business, there are still important steps that all employers should take to protect their employees and their companies…MORE

Pressure washer safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a pressure washer’s spray can cause serious wounds and other injuries. The agency provides several tips for operating a pressure washer safely and treating an injury…MORE

Regulatory Roundup, September 29

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Preliminary list of top 10 violations released

OSHA’s preliminary list of the top 10 most common violations for fiscal year 2017 has been released and there is one new addition: fall protection – training requirements has made an appearance in ninth place with 1,523 violations. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the data during the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo and urged employers to use the list to look at their own workplace safety standards…MORE

OSHA will announce no new initiatives until permanent assistant secretary appointment

The director of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Bill Perry, said that the agency will not begin any significant initiatives until a permanent assistant secretary is in place. For the time being, employees will stick to the regulatory agenda and research until an assistant secretary is able to provide a clear focus…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Find out what fatigue is costing your business

A survey by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that 43 percent of workers are sleep deprived. This can be costly to businesses, as lack of sleep leads to increased absenteeism, healthcare costs and safety risks in addition to decreased productivity. The NSC has a free online calculator for employers to find out how much fatigue is costing their company…MORE

Stay safe out of the workplace too

The keynote speaker at the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo urged safety professionals to take their work home. Fifteen times as many accidental deaths occur when workers are off duty versus at work, so it is important to maintain safe habits after hours. Presenters said that self-triggering, analyzing close calls, noting mistakes and good practices in others and working on safety habits can all help lead to safer behavior…MORE

Disaster cleanup safety tips

Many communities are still dealing with cleanup efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Flood waters often contain many dangerous contaminants, so it’s important to take precautions while cleaning and rebuilding. Read safety tips here: MORE

Regulatory Roundup, September 22

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Potential grace period for good faith efforts in silica compliance

The enforcement of OSHA’s crystalline silica ruling begins on Sept. 23 for the construction industry. However, the agency posted a memorandum explaining that employers who are making good-faith efforts to comply could avoid citations during the first 30 days and even receive compliance assistance…MORE

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

New assistant secretary of labor is nominated

Former mining executive David Zatezalo has been nominated to be the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. Zatezalo has almost 40 years’ experience in the mining industry and United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts has hopes that he will take a tough stance on enforcement…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

New software for emergency response

NIOSH released a new software platform called ERHMS Info Manager. Its purpose is to track emergency response and worker activity after a natural disaster or public health emergency. Users can create responder profiles, record incidents and assign them to a responder, request information from responders through a form and analyze data…MORE

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

Slips, trips and falls training

In 2015, 86 Texans died at work due to slips, trips and falls. TDI has a five-minute training guide to kick-start your safety meetings and help prevent these types of accidents. Topics include proper footwear, good housekeeping and maintenance…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Tips for preparedness

National Preparedness Month continues, and in light of the recent hurricanes, many are wondering what they should do to be ready for an emergency. Texas Mutual’s recent blog post provides tips to help workplaces prepare for a disaster…MORE


Regulatory Roundup, September 15

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

Texas Mutual Insurance Company News

Grant applications open for Texas Mutual policyholders affected by Hurricane Harvey

Texas Mutual is pledging $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort for those affected in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. Policyholders who have significant damage from the storm can apply for a grant for up to $10,000. Applications are open now and our review team is processing submissions so that businesses get the funds they need to rebuild…MORE.

Rebuilding Texas

Governor launches website with resources for public facilities

Governor Greg Abbott launched www.RebuildTexas.Today, a website to provide current information on the rebuilding effort for public facilities in the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The site will provide resources to help with the rebuilding of the state’s infrastructure including roads, buildings and schools…MORE.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Safe cleanup after Hurricane Harvey

The EPA continues to monitor the safety and health of water sources and wastewater treatment plants. has the latest updates on air quality monitoring and debris management. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, with the EPA, shared details on what to do with trash and debris. TCEQ has approved 118 waste management sites to help with the cleanup…MORE.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH launches software to monitor health of emergency responders

NIOSH released a new free software platform to help monitor the health of emergency responders following a natural disaster or public health emergency. With the Emergency Responder Health and Monitoring Surveillance (ERHMS) Info Manager, users can create profiles and complete surveys so that their health can be monitored during and after a response to determine if they need medical attention or further health surveillance…MORE.

Studies, resources, trends, news

National Safety Council (NSC) report finds safety benefits for contractors managed by third parties

NSC released a report finding that contractors who are qualified through third parties may work more safely and may have fewer days off from workplace accidents.…MORE.

Regulatory Roundup, Sept. 8

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

One-year delay is proposed for crane operator certification requirements

OSHA proposed a rule that would extend the crane operator certification requirements from Nov. 2017 to Nov. 10, 2018. The agency has stated that it needs more time to address stakeholder concerns. Original requirements were previously delayed for three years due to concerns about language. Feedback is currently being accepted through Sept. 29…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Nine skin hazard profiles are released

NIOSH published nine new skin notation profiles in order to provide information about the health risks of chemical exposure on bare skin. Director John Howard stated that the profiles are intended to promote improved risk-management practices…MORE

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

DWC resources for driving policies

The Texas ban on texting while driving went into effect on Sept. 1. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has free resources available to get your safety programs up to par, including a driving with cell phones sample program in English and Spanish…MORE

OSHCON helps identify hazards during hurricane cleanup

DWC’s Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program is available to assist businesses with the cleanup process after Hurricane Harvey. Consultants can help identify safety and health hazards and provide guidance on solutions. OSHCON can be reached at 800-252-7031, option 1 or…MORE 

Studies, resources, trends, news

Hurricane cleanup safety tips

As the cleanup effort proceeds from Hurricane Harvey, there are several health concerns to be considered. CNN posted an article about dangers to be aware of such as contaminated water and food, mold, mosquitos and mental health issues…MORE

View free agriculture safety videos

AgriSafe Network is sponsoring free daily webinars during National Farm Safety and Health Week, which begins Sept. 17. Topics will include heat illness, respiratory protection and ATVs…MORE


Regulatory Roundup, Sept. 1

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA removes list of workers killed in accidents

OSHA recently made some changes to its website, including removing a list of workers killed on the job from its homepage. Instead there is now a listing (without the workers’ names) of fatalities that have received citations, available on the data webpage. While this change invokes mixed feelings, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab is ensuring that the information is still provided in his newsletter…MORE

The National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH)

N95 day for respirator safety to be observed Sept. 5

This year’s N95 day will be observed next week on Sept. 5. Although the focus is typically on filtering facepiece respirators, NIOSH will also be expanding “beyond the N95” this year to discuss other types of respiratory protection. The agency is hosting a webinar next Tuesday, which will include study results, information on choosing the right respirator and a question-and-answer session…MORE

National Safety Council (NSC)

National preparedness month starts today

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors National Preparedness Month each September and the National Safety Council is providing plenty of information to help. The agency offers safety tips on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to assist with making sure your office and home will be ready…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Colorado unveils self-driving work zone vehicle

The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), designed to improve safety for road crews. The vehicle is positioned behind the crew to protect them from the traveling public and is built to absorb or deflect impacts from vehicles that cross into the work zone. The driverless vehicle works by reading a signal transmitted by a lead vehicle to determine correct positioning between workers and traffic…MORE

Tips for eyewash stations

Eyewash delivery systems can be a difficult requirement to tackle at off-site locations, in confined spaces, and in other unusual situations. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News magazine has published an article that can help you find the right eyewash system for the job…MORE

The difference in behavior-based safety

Behavior-based safety (BBS) focuses on employee behavior during tasks and reactions to events. Read about tips for implementing four main steps in the process: Defining and communicating a purpose, training on observations, training on delivering feedback and conducting measurements…MORE

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