Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news.
Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
OSHA outlines FY 2019 regulatory plans
OSHA has released a congressional budget justification, including a plan for upcoming regulatory actions. Revisions are expected soon on the beryllium construction ruling, the recordkeeping rule and respirator fit testing procedures. The agency has also set an inspection goal of 30,840 workplaces – around 1,500 less than 2017… MORE
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Coal miner screening results show large population with severe lung disease
A recent study showed that out of 11,200 coal miners screened from 2013 to 2017, 416 showed signs of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF), which is the most severe form of black lung disease. Researchers believe the findings reflect a failure to protect coal miners from exposure to dust as well as the critical need for protections… MORE
Studies, resources, trends, news
Global health and safety standard slated for publication
The first global standard for occupational health and safety management systems is scheduled for publication on March 12. The ISO 45001 standard will provide a framework for health and safety goals as well as the identification of hazards, controls and metrics for measuring success. The standard is designed to integrate with previous metrics… MORE
USDA denies petition to increase poultry production speeds
According to OSHA, the poulty industry has an injury rate two times greater than the natonal average for all other industries. The six year debate between regulators and the poulty industry continues with the USDA's denial of the National Chicken Council's petition for unrestricted line speeds in poultry processing plants. The proposal would have increased line speeds from 140 to 175 birds per minute… MORE
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