Regulatory roundup, January 17, 2017

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

osha-logoDr. David Michaels leaves OSHA

Tuesday, January 10 was Dr. David Michaels last day as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. As his final action, he accepted a petition for the creation of an OSHA standard for workplace violence in healthcare. Jordan Barab will be the interim assistant secretary until January 20, while we await the transition of the agency…MORE

doctorsResources for safe patient handling

As of 2013, U.S. hospitals recorded 6.4 injuries and illnesses out of every 100 full-time employees. Thirty four percent of the injuries that resulted in days away from work were patient-handling related. OSHA has online resources available for developing a safe patient handling policy and training program…MORE

Steelworkers’ union strongly supports beryllium standard

After decades of plans to update the beryllium standard, the permissible exposure limit has finally been reduced and control measure requirements heightened. The United Steelworkers (USW) fully support the ruling and the protection being given to general industry, construction and maritime workers who are exposed to beryllium and beryllium compounds…MORE                                                           

OSHA provides toolkit for chemical substitution

American workers suffer 50,000 deaths annually due to chemical-related exposures. To help combat this, OSHA has a toolkit containing seven steps for substituting safer chemicals. Not only will employees have a healthier workplace, but employers can potentially see cost savings and increased efficiency using this guide…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

sneakersCDC releases guidance for recess in schools

Recess can benefit students in many ways, including increasing physical activity and improving concentration in the classroom. CDC released two guides: one for recess strategies and one for recess planning in schools. Additionally they provide a template for schools to design their own plan…MORE

cell-phoneMobile app provides health information on the go

CDC redesigned their application to work on smartphones so that users can receive timely health information wherever they are. It provides news stories, videos, podcasts, journals and blogs. The homepage is even customizable based on preferred topics…MORE

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ANSI announces newer, safer lockout/tagout standard

For the past two years, ANSI has been working on a new lockout/tagout standard to reflect changes in technology and address practicality. There was a large participation by companies and labor groups, and over 3,000 comments were reviewed during the creation process of the new standard. OSHA representatives were also involved and the agency has been asked to adopt the standard as well…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

January is National Radon Action Month

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is a hazardous gas that can leak into your home through cracks or gaps. Luckily, your home can be tested for radon with an at-home kit…MORE

truckSurvey results show truck drivers parking illegally

A recent study shows that truck drivers lose an average of $4,600 in wages annually trying to find parking. In the study, 9.5 percent of drivers said that they were forced to park illegally on a daily basis due to lack of capacity, time limitations on spaces or customers who wouldn’t allow drivers to park in their facilities…MORE

declineU.S. hearing loss rate is in decline

As the population of older Americans increases, studies are showing that the hearing loss rate has consistently decreased over the last few decades. This decline in hearing loss is probably attributed to a mixture of better health and medical care as well as fewer manufacturing jobs and the use of hearing protection…MORE

Regulatory Roundup, Jan 6, 2017

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at (512) 224-3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

gavelNew beryllium ruling set to be released
Exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds can cause disease and even lung cancer. OSHA is updating the existing standard to decrease the permissible exposure limit. The ruling is set to be officially released on Monday, January 9 …MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

doctorContinued concerns of black lung disease resurfacing                                                                                                 Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, is an often-fatal disease caused by prolonged exposure to respirable coal mine dust. New investigations are being done regarding a spike in cases over the past two years, with one cluster of cases recently discovered by a radiology practice in Kentucky. Because this was not caught by the national surveillance program, it’s also causing concerns about the state of the program…MORE

New technology aimed at protecting coal miners                                                                                                                                                To combat the rising black lung disease cases, NIOSH has been developing a portable dust monitor that will warn miners when they encounter hazardous concentrations. The monitor allows miners to get real- time feedback instead of having to send samples to a lab for results…MORE

NIOSH urges workers to be aware of cold stress                                                                                                                                            Many Texans don’t feel the need to worry about cold stress, but in areas that are unaccustomed to winter weather, even near freezing temperatures can be dangerous. When the temperature drops and wind picks up, shivering and fatigue can easily turn into hypothermia. Be aware of the risks and how to protect yourself in the cold during these winter months…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

car-crash-emergency-workersCDC aims to protect teen drivers
The leading cause of death for teenagers is motor vehicle accidents. The CDC’s Graduated Driving Licensing Guide can help train teen drivers. All 50 states have adopted all or part of this guidance, which consists of three stages: learner’s permit, intermediate/provisional license and unrestricted license…MORE


Studies, resources, trends, news                                                                                                                                                                         

BLS results show a rise in deaths due to workplace injuries
Results from 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a 0.3 percent increase in workplace deaths from 2014, with 4,836 deaths. This is the highest number since 2008. While the overall rate of fatal workplace injuries fell, the rise in the number of deaths is still alarming…MORE

construction-guyConstruction projects expected to continue to rise
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported that construction spending in November 2016 marked a 10-year high. This growth is expected to continue as the types of construction projects change. There has been an increase in office construction, while manufacturing and apartment construction have slowed down…MORE

New study conducted for fatigue
Fatigue can lead to errors on the job and major accidents. A recent study on occupational fatigue found that lack of sleep and poor working conditions are the main causes. Poor working conditions could be noise, vibration or even temperature…MORE

Mining deaths continue to drop
The number of deaths in US mines has steadily decreased since 2009. With 2016 results in, the new record low is 25. The results encourage safety and health professionals that they are on the right track to eliminate loss of life…MORE

Regulatory Roundup, December 30, 2016

Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. Please share this information with your policyholders as appropriate. For suggestions, contact Ashley Mikytuck at 512-224 3986.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
workplace-violenceOSHA considers workplace violence standard for healthcare

The rate of workplace violence against employees in healthcare and social assistance is significantly higher than in private industry. This month, OSHA published a Request for Information (RFI) in order to develop a potential standard to prevent workplace violence in these industries. They will be taking comments until April 6, 2017…MORE

OSHA can help you prepare for emergencies

Emergency situations can happen to any business. OSHA’s fact sheet summarizes elements that your business needs to have in place, from establishing a plan to providing the proper equipment…MORE

safety-inspectorRuling updated for injury and illness records

Current recordkeeping regulations have been amended to clarify the maintenance of workplace injury and illness records. The ruling is scheduled to take effect January 18, 2017 and will allow OSHA to issue citations for employers failing to record an injury or illness up to six months following the mandatory five year retention period…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH updates IDLH level for 1,3-Butadiene

Exposure to 1,3-Butadiene, used in the production of synthetic rubber, can lead to neurological effects and frostbite. Because of the danger of explosion, NIOSH recently updated the immediately dangerous to life or health level (IDLH) for this chemical to ten percent of the lower explosive limit…MORE

pagesNIOSH releases Total Worker Health workbook

There are five key factors in Total Worker Health that can boost workplace safety at your company. This month, NIOSH released a downloadable workbook to help you develop this concept for your workers and improve your safety initiatives…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

flu-seasonSeasonal flu guidance is updated

The flu is capable of spreading like wildfire in your workplace. CDC recently updated its guidance for helping protect yourself and coworkers from the flu. This flu season, only injectable vaccines are recommended and new technology has removed the requirement for the use of flu virus…MORE

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

Look back at the safety and health industry in 2016

From Zika and Opiods, to the new silica and electronic reporting rulings, this year has been eventful for the safety and health industry. Occupational Health & Safety magazine summarized the key events in 2016…MORE

Massachusetts middle school launches workplace safety program

Monomoy Middle School was in the news this week for launching a program called “Safety Matters” to teach kids about workplace safety. A volunteer for the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) spoke to the students about taking safety seriously and their right to a safe workplace, using stories from real teen workers…MORE

small-smartphoneGuidelines proposed for the use of electronic devices

Distracted driving has become a key factor in the amount of vehicle-related incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed voluntary guidelines for the use of mobile and other electronic devices while operating vehicles. They ask that these electronic devices be designed to reduce driver distractions with technology such as pairing…MORE

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