This Week in Comp, February 17

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

earplugsCDC hearing loss page provides crucial information

About 40 million people have noise-induced hearing loss. The CDC’s hearing loss page contains statistics and noise level information in common terms in order to bring awareness to the potential of being affected. It also provides tips on how to prevent hearing loss and what healthcare providers can do to help…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

February Research Round is released

NIOSH releases a monthly bulletin on their research called Research Rounds. This month’s Research Round discusses core competencies for protecting young workers, ventilation during surgical procedures, lower back pain due to lifting and recommendations to minimize exposure to dry cleaning chemicals…MORE

FireNew workplace solutions for fire fighters

From 2001 to 2015, 81 fire fighter training-related fatalities were investigated. NIOSH recently released a five page document on the prevention of fire fighter deaths and injuries during training exercises. The document includes case studies as well as suggested controls and recommended practices for fire departments…MORE

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

AIHA holds congressional briefing on silica ruling

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to silica dust, or respirable crystalline silica. On February 15th, AIHA hosted a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to focus on the new silica rule and serve as a case study. Former AIHA president Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP and former OSHA assistant secretary of labor, David Michaels, PhD, MPH, addressed the attendees…MORE 

Studies, Resources, Trends, News

car-crash-emergency-workersMotor vehicle deaths are on the rise

Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that about 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That’s a 14 percent increase over 2014 and the most escalated two-year change in 53 years. The NSC also released a survey this week showing the probable culprits of this rate increase: speeding, texting and driving while impaired by marijuana or alcohol…MORE

Preventing occupational skin disease

Occupational skin diseases, like dermatitis or skin cancer, are the second most common type of occupational disease. The majority of these diseases are caused by chemical agents, but luckily they can be controlled or prevented by substitution, administrative controls or personal protective equipment…MORE

Infographic on workplace injuries

The NSC produced an infographic on the number of injuries in American workplaces. It’s a visual reminder of the importance of increased workplace safety and shares information such as the common injuries that keep workers away from work and the top three events resulting in lost work days…MORE

This Week in Comp, February 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)

Posting season has begun

As of this week, employers who are required to keep records should have posted the Form 300A, or summary of work-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA’s website can help answer recordkeeping questions…MORE

safety-inspectorOSHA consultation program helped over 27,000 employers

During the 2016 fiscal year, OSHA’s free on-site consultation program helped more than 27,000 small to medium-sized companies create safer workplaces. Consultants reported that they were able to help eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards throughout their visits…MORE

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

truckNIOSH focuses on the health of truckers

Seven out of ten long-haul truckers are considered obese and are at risk for major health problems. NIOSH created an infographic to help explain the issue and how to prevent it. It ties in well with the month of February being American Heart Month…MORE

New progress performance one-pagers

NIOSH released new Program Performance One-Pagers, or PPOPs, describing the impact of Centers for Agricultural Safety & Health. The one-pagers outline the program’s safety and health priorities and major activities in addition to highlighting accomplishments and noting future plans…MORE

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA proposes new rules for chemicals

This past month, the EPA proposed three rules regarding prioritizing and evaluating chemicals. The proposed rules contain an inventory rule, a prioritization rule and a risk evaluation rule. It would require manufacturers and importers to notify EPA and the public of what chemical substances out of EPA’s inventory are still being produced. Additionally, it would allow EPA to better designate chemical substances as active or inactive…MORE

 Studies, Resources, Trends, News

 Add some stretching into your day

Workplace musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs, account for more than 30 percent of all nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses. But these injuries can often be overlooked, especially when compared to the more high profile hazards like falls. Safety and health professionals are looking for methods to prevent these disorders and encourage the implementation of stretching programs in the workplace…MORE

Construction workerNear full employment leads to less qualified workers

According to a Wall Street Journal study, businesses are spending more time training workers than they were a year ago. With unemployment rates at the lowest in nine years, companies are finding that the labor pool has been drained. Many companies are spending significantly more time and money training new employees because they can’t find workers that are completely qualified from the beginning…MORE

Fitted eyewear required

In 2014, there were 23,730 eye injuries that required time away from work. OSHA reminds us that eye protection can be useless without a proper fit, leading to preventable accidents. New employee orientation should always include training on the proper use, fit and maintenance of personal protective equipment…MORE

 

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