Regulatory Roundup

May 11, 2018 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

OSHA issues final rule for beryllium standard OSHA’s direct final rule (DFR) for beryllium will become effective on July 4. The DFR clarifies several aspects of the general industry standard, including operations where workers are exposed to less than 0.1 percent beryllium, provisions for disposal and the definitions of a Beryllium Work Area, emergency, dermal contact and contamination…MORE

The National Safety Council (NSC)

NCS provides ladder safety tips

In 2016, falls were the leading cause of nonfatal injuries (outside of 15 to 24-year olds) and the second leading cause of death. The NSC provides tips on ladder safety including choosing the right ladder, finding the right foundation, climbing safely and avoiding dangerous conditions…MORE

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS)

TxDPS encourages preparation for hurricane season

Hurricane season starts next month on June 1. In light of Hurricane Harvey last year and the general unpredictability of hurricane season, TxDPS is urging all Texans to learn how to prepare for storms. Individuals and workplaces are encouraged to evaluate the risk of being affected, prepare an emergency action plan and ensure that supplies are on hand…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Four tips to improve mental health issues Mental illness can lead to increased health care costs as well as indirect costs, such as reduced productivity and safety incidents. An expert advisory council developed recommendations for improving mental health and well-being in the workplace. The council developed four major projects including an employers’ guide, assessment scorecard, recognition program and executive training program…MORE

RAND Corporation report provides recommendations for eliminating traffic fatalities The last five years have shown a significant increase in roadways deaths, with current statistics showing about 100 deaths per day. A report by the RAND Corporation shows that focusing on physical changes to the streetscape is working to improve safety. The report also calls for manufacturers and tech companies to turn their attention to the crisis as well. The Road to Zero initiative aims to eliminate road fatalities by 2050…MORE

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