Regulatory Roundup

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH releases silica monitoring software

Exposure to silica can cause silicosis, black lung and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD). NIOSH introduced the Field Analysis of Silica Tool (FAST), which uses infrared technology to provide accurate and immediate readings of workers’ exposure to silica. Currently, the FAST software is usable for coal mines, but the agency hopes that further testing will lead to versions that can be used beyond the mining industry. MORE

Studies, resources, trends, news

Safety training materials should be adjusted for some construction workers

A report from the Center for Construction Research and Training, also known as CPWR, found that about one third of construction industry training materials are written above an eighth-grade reading level. In fact, researchers found that many materials contained technical language or unfamiliar technology. Researchers recommended several tips including focusing on one main message, summarizing the message at the beginning and providing step-by-step instructions. MORE

Tips for rooftop walkways

OHS Online posted an article containing nine tips for both designing and maintaining rooftop walkways. Tips include choosing proper materials, testing the load bearing capacity, ensuring drainage, plotting a logical route and incorporating handrails. MORE

Webinar will discuss employers’ roles in impaired driving prevention

The National Safety Council is hosting a webinar on Dec. 4 with an Austin Police Department detective to discuss the importance of preventing impaired driving. There will be an emphasis on how employer and community attitudes can influence the issue. MORE Construction and transportation workers experience high rates of spinal injuries

A study from UNSW and the University of Sydney shows that construction and transportation workers experience high rates of traumatic spinal injuries. In construction, 78 percent of spinal injuries were due to falls. One of the authors stated that there is a need for stronger regulation and education in both industries. MORE

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