Texas Mutual's Weekly Regulatory Roundup


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Comments on electronic reporting due Sept. 28
A proposed rule would remove the requirement for electronically submitting OSHA Forms 300 and 301. The agency states that it has reevaluated the usefulness of the data and the possible jeopardization of worker privacy. Public comments on the proposed rule are due by Sept. 28. 

Safe + Sound Week kicked off on Aug. 13
Safe + Sound Week aims to raise awareness of the value of successful safety and health programs in all sizes of companies. The event page provides several resources for participation such as activity examples and a webinar.

Studies, resources, trends, news

Tips for avoiding fall protection mishaps
The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) helps employers avoid one of the top 10 OSHA citations, fall protection, by providing a list of mishaps and how to prevent them. Ten common mistakes are highlighted, which include inappropriate anchorage connections and strength, improper fit of equipment and misuse of leading edge self-retracting devices. 

Pilot program to help reduce strain and sprain injuries
One of the leading causes of disabling injuries in the construction industry is lifting and moving heavy materials. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) is launching a pilot program, Best Built Plans, to reduce these types of injuries. The program will start with a small group of contractors, and the organization is also seeking voluntary feedback.  

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