Regulatory Roundup: OSHA Electronic Submissions, Silica Standard Input and More


Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below. 

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OSHA reminds employers to submit injury and illness data

OSHA is reminding employers to electronically submit their 2018 OSHA Form 300A data, if they have not done so already. Establishments in designated industries with 20-249 employees, and those required to keep records with 250 or more employees must submit the summary of work-related injuries and illnesses on OSHA’s website.

Feedback is requested on revisions to silica standards

OSHA is requesting input on additional control methods to limit silica exposure as found in Table 1 of the silica standard for construction. The agency is also interested in other tasks and equipment it could add to the table. Comments are due by Nov. 13.

New webpage provides guidance on using leading indicators to improve safety

OSHA released a new webpage covering leading indicators and how they can strengthen safety and health programs. The agency states that leading indicators should be used to create improvements while laggings indicators measure effectiveness. A downloadable guide is also available to assist employers with implementation.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA announces proposed rule on hours-of-service regulations

A long-awaited proposed rule would increase flexibility of hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers. Among the changes are expanding the 14-hour on-duty limitation when a driver encounters adverse conditions, lengthening the 100-air mile short haul exemption and revising the mandatory 30-minute break per eight hours of driving. All stakeholders can review and comment on the proposal for 45 days after it’s published in the Federal Register.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Tips for digger derrick safety

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) provides tips for safeguarding workers who operate digger derricks. Topics include finding the right equipment, understanding the hazards of the environment, receiving proper training and maintaining equipment.

Courtesy of Work Safe, Texas

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