Regulatory Roundup

March 30, 2018

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA to alert first responders of chemical hazard citations

Following a deadly chemical explosion in New York, it was announced that OSHA will create a system of notifying first responders when a facility is cited for violations involving chemical hazards. The facility’s chemical inventory will also be shared. OSHA will coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to complete these tasks…MORE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Fact sheet offers guidance to oil and gas employers

Motor vehicle crashes account for more than 40 percent of fatalities in the oil and gas

industry. A new fact sheet, "How to Prevent Fatigued Driving at Work," offers guidance to oil and gas employers on managing fatigued driving. The sheet focuses on four factors: time of day, monotonous tasks, length of time awake and health conditions…MORE

New infographic shares motor vehicle incident statistics

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths across industries. A new infographic shares statistics on the cost of incidents to employers…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Protecting America’s Workers Act is reintroduced

The Protecting America’s Workers Act was introduced in the Senate, marking the 16th time the bill has been introduced since 2004. The legislation would extend protections to federal, state and local public employees as well as authorize felony penalties against business owners, corporate officers and directors who knowingly commit violations that result in death or serious penalties…MORE

Safety agencies to receive stable funding for remainder of FY 2018

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, or omnibus bill, was signed last week, which assured stable funding for safety agencies through September. NIOSH and the Chemical Safety Board avoided large cuts and the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program will continue. Congress still has the final say for the 2019 budget…MORE

Warning given about horseplay at work

Workplace horseplay could lead to serious injuries and even criminal prosecutions in some states. The University of Illinois says that horseplay can involve rough play, harassment or pranks, and employers should make it clear to employees that they are expected to refrain from unsafe behavior and keep each other safe…MORE

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