Regulatory Roundup


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

OSHA has issued a long-anticipated emergency rule on COVID-19 that sets requirements for health care businesses and provides voluntary guidelines for other industries. Health care providers are required to implement items such as hazard assessments, written programs and social distancing protocols. Guidance for other industries involves protecting unvaccinated and high-risk employees. The standard will be effective upon publication and requires affected employers to comply with most provisions within 14 days.

Doug Parker takes another step toward leading OSHA

On June 16, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted to advance Doug Parker’s nomination to lead OSHA. President Biden announced his intent to nominate Parker back in April. Parker now awaits a confirmation from the full Senate.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Storm preparation

Texas spans 10 climate zones, which means businesses and the public need to be prepared for a variety of storms. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) offers tips to help Texans prepare for summer storms ranging from thunderstorms to wildfires.

Training for industrial athletes

For physically demanding fields such as construction, manufacturing and first responders, wellness plays a key role in preventing and minimizing injuries. An Industrial Safety & Hygiene News article highlights an athletic trainer’s work with a construction company. In addition to leading stretch-and-flex exercises, the trainer discusses nutrition, mental health and good ergonomics with employees.

Courtesy of Texas Mutual

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