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

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

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