Regulatory Roundup

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

Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Safety grant applications will open July 2 Texas Mutual is giving away $1.5 million in grants this year. Qualified applicants may receive $1,500 toward the purchase of approved safety equipment. The application will remain open until all grant funds have been allotted…MORE

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

Senate approves budget for FY 2019 The Senate Appropriations Committee joined the House in approving the CSB’s budget for FY 2019. The $11 million budget matches its FY 2018 budget. The agency has yet to announce a new leader after Chair Vanessa A. Sutherland announced her resignation…MORE

Department of Labor (DOL)

Senate to vote on bill to address opioid misuse in the workforce The House unanimously approved bill would establish a committee to advise Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on how the Department of Labor could intervene on opioid misuse and addition in the workforce. The committee would consist of 19 appointed members including employers, employees safety experts, HR professionals, doctors, therapists, academic researchers and state and local officials…MORE

Trump administration proposes merger between the labor and education departments As part of a larger reorganization, the Trump administration is proposing a merger between the departments of Labor and Education. Advocates of the merger say that there is a clear relationship between education and the needs of the workforce, while opponents state that the departments require individual attention…MORE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Primary and host employers are jointly responsible for temporary workers

Business & Legal Resources (BLR) released an article dissecting OSHA’s stance on the responsibility of temporary worker safety. OSHA expects communication between the primary and host employers so that each entity considers the hazards that are specifically under their control. Both entities could be held legally responsible for violations depending on the specifics of each case…MORE

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