Regulatory Roundup


May 18, 2018 Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

Four standards are back on the pipeline in 2018 regulatory agenda The Emergency Response and Preparedness, Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social Assistance and Tree Care standards have all moved into the pre-rule stage. An update of the Hazard Communication Standard has moved to the proposed rule stage…MORE

Certificate available for stand-down participants

Last week, thousands of employers participated in the 2018 Fall Prevention Stand-Down which raises awareness of the dangers of falls. Employers who participated can fill out information on OSHA’s website in order to print a certificate of participation…MORE

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

House Appropriations Committee proposes increase to CSB budget Despite several attempts to eliminate the CSB, the House Appropriations Committee proposed a $1 million increase to the agency’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The Senate will convene with its Interior, Environmental and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which is expected in June…MORE

CSB issues fact sheet and pushes for combustible dust standard According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 1/32 of an inch of accumulated dust can trigger an explosion. The CSB issued a fact sheet explaining the dangers of combustible dust and identified it as a critical issue in industrial safety. The agency has also issued a recommendation to OSHA for a combustible gas standard to mimic the NFPA’s standard…MORE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Outdoor workers have increased risk of insect-borne illness The CDC reports that diseases caused by mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled from 2004 to 2016, putting outdoor workers at greater risk. The agency also provides tips for preventing stings and bites such as using insect repellent, wearing light colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible and avoiding scented bathing products…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Hazard alert issued for pesticide spray tanks

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health released a hazard alert on pesticide spray tanks. The alert is directed to chemical supply dealers, orchards, farms and other businesses that use the spray tanks for storing, mixing, loading or spraying pesticides…MORE

#OSHA #PesticideTanks #InsectborneIllness #CombustibleDust #FallPrevention #EmergencyPreparedness #HazardCommunicationStandard

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