Regulatory Roundup

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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Compliance assistance with silica standard will be provided for 30 days Most provisions of the general industry and maritime silica standard will become enforceable on June 23. OSHA has announced that it will offer compliance assistance for the first 30 days of enforcement. Employers making a good faith effort to comply will receive assistance, while those not making any efforts could receive a citation…MORE

OSHA revises Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) criteria OSHA revised its VPP Memorandum 7, which will make it easier for participants to remain in the program. The new policy focuses only on fatalities, gives Regional Administrators the option to determine that termination isn’t recommended and requires that participants who fail to report to OSHA be changed to an inactive status pending an inspection…MORE

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

New fact sheet provides best practices for hot work Hot work fatalities are most commonly caused by fires and explosions from flammable atmospheres in confined spaces. The CSB released a fact sheet explaining the hazards of hot work and offering best practices for performing it safely…MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Positive workplace drug tests are at highest level in over a decade The annual index from Quest Diagnostics found that 4.2 percent of the workforce tested positive for drugs. Increases were seen in cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. However, positive tests for opiates decreased by 17 percent from the previous year…MORE

Institute for Work and Health (IWH) publishes guide for workers coping with depression

According to the IWH, work-related stress can trigger or amplify depression. The IWH published a guide for understanding the scope of workers experiencing depression. The guide includes tips for identifying symptoms of depression and providing support…MORE

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