October 15, 2021
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA Announces Top 10 Standards for 2021
Based on preliminary data from fiscal year 2021, OSHA announced the newest list of the 10 most frequently cited standards. While the list contains very familiar standards, several changed positions on the list from the previous year.
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC)
DWC Accepting Feedback on Updates to 5 Forms
DWC is currently accepting comments on proposed revisions to forms related to the rejected risk employer program and accident prevention services. Forms include the DWC Form-101, 102, 104, 105 and 109. The revised forms are available for review on DWC’s website and comments must be submitted by October 26.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Over Half of Workers Exposed to Noise Aren't Wearing Hearing Protection
A NIOSH study found that among workers exposed to occupational noise, 53% did not wear hearing protection consistently. Industries with the highest rates of non-hearing protection usage included accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance, and education services. However, industries with higher noise-level risks such as agriculture, forestry, and construction also had non-usage rates of over 50%.
Studies, Resources, Trends, News
Fall Protection Expert Discusses Why the Standard Remains First on Top 10 List
The fall protection standard has held the number one spot on OSHA’s top 10 list for 11 years. The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) spoke with a fall protection expert about why violations remain so high, what kind of data employers should be using and what types of training strategies can be helpful.
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October 15, 2021