Regulatory Roundup


New safety app for miners, fatigue management project, fall protection tips and more

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA launches new safety app

A new mobile app from MSHA will help deliver safety and health information to members of the mining industry. Developed using stakeholder feedback, the app includes information on safety topics, health topics, miners’ rights and MSHA.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

NIOSH seeks input on fatigue management project

NIOSH is seeking input on an information-collecting project that would focus on fatigue management in the oil and gas industry. The goals for the project include obtaining a better understanding of how fatigue affects employees, identifying applicable factors and assessing mitigation strategies. Comments are due by October 3.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Fundamental tips for fall protection

Although there are several prevention methods, falls are the second leading cause of workplace fatalities. An Occupational Health & Safety article discusses items that should be included in a fall prevention program. Topics include risk assessments, fall protection systems and personal protective equipment maintenance.

Tips for implementing an effective stop-work authority program

Stop work authority (SWA) is meant to empower employees to stop unsafe situations, but employees may not always feel comfortable or confident. An Industrial Safety & Hygiene News article discusses two phenomena that could help explain an employee’s hesitation to stop work: The Diffusion of Responsibility and the Bystander Effect. The article also discusses ways to help employees feel more comfortable.

Courtesy of Texas Mutual

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