DOL Announces New Rule Aimed at Improving Collection Efforts, DWC Releases 2019 Fatal Injuries Report and More


The Department of Labor (DOL)

New DOL rule will allow agencies to improve collection efforts

A new rule will allow agencies to increase collection efforts for citation penalties and other debts. Agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will now be able to send second and subsequent letters to employers less than 30 days apart. Additionally, uncollected debt will be referred to the Department of Justice in a more timely manner.

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC)

DWC releases 2019 Texas fatal injury data

According to the 2019 fatal injuries report, 608 workers died in Texas last year. This is a 25% increase from 2018. The trade, transportation and utilities industry had the most fatal work injuries. Additionally, drivers, ground maintenance workers and construction laborers experienced the highest number of fatal injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New document educates cleaning staff on COVID-19 protection

A new OSHA guidance document provides COVID-19 prevention methods for cleaning staff. In addition to standard protection measures, guidance on approved disinfectants, laundry methods, sweeping and more. The document can be downloaded in English and Spanish.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Experts remind businesses to follow COVID-19 protection guidelines

As a new strain of COVID-19 develops, safety and health professionals are urging businesses, schools and other organizations to keep using COVID-19 prevention methods developed by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). AIHA’s guidelines cover personal protective equipment, engineering controls, cleaning and physical distancing for 26 different industries.

Takeaways from 2019’s fatal workplace injuries

2019 marked the deadliest year for workplace injuries since 2007. An EHS Today article shares 13 takeaways from the most recent Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Topics include age, occupation type, location and more.

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