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Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regs. See the updated section on the what's new page to find all of the topics.
New Documents
Regulatory Analysis:
Employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to each employee who is or may be exposed to physical or health hazards in the workplace when engineering and administrative controls cannot feasibly or effectively reduce exposures to safe levels.
White Papers:
If your training budget is limitless and your employees pay rapt attention during every session, you might not need to read much further. But if your training efforts are like most—good but in need of a boost—you’ll want to stay right here. This Compliance Report covers lots of ground, including insights about how adults really learn, advice from top trainers, and easy-to-implement tactics.
Training Tips:
How proactive is your company about planning ahead for emergencies and about training employees on related procedures? If yours is like other companies in a recent survey reported on in today's Training Tip, it probably needs to improve its approach.
Questions & Answers:
Respirators must be stored to protect them from damage, contamination, dust, sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, and damaging chemicals. They must also be packed or stored to prevent deformation of the facepiece and exhalation valve. However OSHA does not indicate that cartridges and half mask respirators are to be stored disassembled and separate from each other.
In addition to HAZWOPER training, these employees are required to be trained on OSHA’s hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1200)—the employees need to know and understand the hazardous chemical with which they work and how to do so safely.
Final Rules:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to update the appendix to its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. The appendix contains a list of industries that are partially exempt from requirements to keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates.
White Papers:
Fatality rates have steadily risen at communication tower worksites. In response to this "alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities," OSHA has updated its communication tower directive.
Notices:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued notice requesting public comments concerning the current knowledge and skills testing requirements for a commercial driver's license (CDL) passenger endorsement to determine whether improvements to the knowledge test, the examination of driving skills, and the application of the requirements are necessary to ensure the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles designed or used to transport passengers.
Final Rules:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced Emergency Restriction/Prohibition and Out-of-Service Order CA-2014-9002-EMRG, issued to National Distribution Services, Inc., TankServices, LLC, and Carl Johansson.
Training Tips:
Families across America are finishing summer vacations and summer BBQs, and returning to school schedules and more formal meals. This makes it a good time for some wellness training on safe food preparation. Today’s Training Tip gives you valuable safety training content.
White Papers:
Many employers already have a drug abuse prevention program in place, complete with preemployment testing and drug screens that are conducted randomly or as needed to identify workers who are current users. But these tests tend to focus on illegal drug use and can miss a problem that is rapidly outstripping the abuse of illegal drugs—prescription drug abuse.
Questions & Answers:
In essence, where there are no fixed railings, workers must be provided personal fall protection devices (such as body harness with lanyard). According to OSHA, all fall protection products fit into four functional categories. 1. Fall arrest; 2. Positioning; 3. Suspension; and 4. Retrieval.
White Papers:
Between 2003 and 2010, 143 workers on road construction sites in the United States died when they were hit by vehicles backing up. Backovers have become so distressingly common that federal OSHA has created a backover prevention topic page, and in June, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a “Workplace Solutions” bulletin addressing the topic.
Notices:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced two changes to the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program Operational Test (Operational Test) discussed in the Agency's September 4, 2013, notice.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) has applied for an exemption for its 3,700 member companies from FMCSA's regulation prohibiting operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) from driving following the 14th hour after coming on duty.
Training Tips:
As millions of U.S. students are reporting back to school, today's Training Tip reports on the U.S. Census Bureau's first-ever study on academic/training credentials in the United States.
White Papers:
Since the problems of safety incentive programs were highlighted in a 2009 report from the Government Accounting Office, OSHA has been closely scrutinizing some workplaces and all incentive programs it encounters, looking for evidence of underreporting or of programs that could encourage employees to suppress injury and illness reports. Read the article to learn how to design an incentive program that will pass muster.
Guidance Documents:
This chart provides an overview of the state differences in worker safety and health requirements for the private sector.
This chart provides an overview of the state differences in worker safety and health requirements for the private sector.
Updated Documents
Questions & Answers:
Respirators must be stored to protect them from damage, contamination, dust, sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, and damaging chemicals. They must also be packed or stored to prevent deformation of the facepiece and exhalation valve. However OSHA does not indicate that cartridges and half mask respirators are to be stored disassembled and separate from each other.
In addition to HAZWOPER training, these employees are required to be trained on OSHA’s hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1200)—the employees need to know and understand the hazardous chemical with which they work and how to do so safely.
In essence, where there are no fixed railings, workers must be provided personal fall protection devices (such as body harness with lanyard). According to OSHA, all fall protection products fit into four functional categories. 1. Fall arrest; 2. Positioning; 3. Suspension; and 4. Retrieval.
White Papers:
In April, a temporary worker was killed when he became entangled in the rotating shaft of a mixer; as a result, the company was cited with multiple serious and willful violations and fined over $200,000. Check out the article to learn what went wrong and how to keep from making the same mistakes.
Handouts:
This session on Back Safety discusses one of the most common workplace injuries, and what you can do to help prevent back injuries. You'll learn about the many ways you might injure your back, as well as the things you can do to prevent injuries. Use this Spanish handout to accompany the Back Safety PowerPoint presentation.
Speaker's Notes:
This session on Back Safety discusses one of the most common workplace injuries, and what you can do to help prevent back injuries. You'll learn about the many ways you might injure your back, as well as the things you can do to prevent injuries. Use these Spanish speaker's notes to accompany the Back Safety PowerPoint presentation.
PowerPoints:
This session on Back Safety discusses one of the most common workplace injuries, and what you can do to help prevent back injuries. You'll learn about the many ways you might injure your back, as well as the things you can do to prevent injuries. Use this Spanish PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on back safety.
Speaker's Notes:
This PowerPoint training presentation will help you to understand how back injuries occur; prevent back injuries; use proper lifting, load carrying, and unloading techniques; and think intelligently about your back. Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Back Safety PowerPoint presentation.
PowerPoints:
This PowerPoint training presentation will help you to understand how back injuries occur; prevent back injuries; use proper lifting, load carrying, and unloading techniques; and think intelligently about your back. Use this PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on back safety.
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106077analysis.aspx/analysis/employee-safety/PPE-personal-protective-equipment/PPE - GeneralRegulatory Analysis PPE - General
130764reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/safety-administration/workplace-safety-training/Trainingyour-best-investment-in-worker-well-being/Training White Papers Training—your best investment in worker well-being
130765training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-sessions/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-preparedness/Get-prepared-for-emergency-preparedness-training/Emergency PreparednessTraining Tips Get prepared for emergency preparedness training
130793faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/respiratory-protection/Question-came-up-at-a-training-session-about-clean/Respiratory ProtectionQuestions & Answers After use and cleaning do the cartridges need to be stored in a bag away separate from the rest of the half mask and then assembled when put back in use?
130794faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/transportation-safety/hazardous-materials-transportation/I-need-the-specif-training-requirements-for-driver/HazMat TransportationQuestions & Answers I need the specif training requirements for drivers relocating tankers truck with ammonia aqua inside the fence of the employer's facility.
130788regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/final-regulations/illness-and-injury-reporting-OSHA-300-log/29-CFR-Part-1904-Occupational-Injury-and-Illness-R/Illness and InjuriesFinal Rules 29 CFR Part 1904 - Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements--NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions; Final Rule
130763reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/construction-safety/fall-protection-construction/New-enforcement-guidelines-target-alarming-communi/Fall Protection (Construction)White Papers New enforcement guidelines target 'alarming' communication tower hoisting deaths
130767regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/regulatory-notices/CMV-commercial-motor-vehicles-motor-carriers/Commercial-Drivers-License-Passenger-Endorsement-R/Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)Notices Commercial Driver's License Passenger Endorsement Requirements; Preparing a Report to Congress
130768regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/final-regulations/hazardous-materials-transportation/49-CFR-109-Hazardous-Materials-Emergency-Restricti/HazMat TransportationFinal Rules 49 CFR 109 - Hazardous Materials: Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order
130754training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-sessions/employee-health/employee-health/Back-to-school-wellness-training-on-safe-food-prep/Health - GeneralTraining Tips Back-to-school wellness training on safe food preparation
130757reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/employee-health/alcohol-and-drugs-testing/Are-your-workers-taking-opioid-painkillers-Prevent/Alcohol & DrugsWhite Papers Are your workers taking opioid painkillers? Prevent hazards caused by abuse
130751faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/slips-and-falls/We-are-trying-to-determine-the-best-way-to-protect/Slips and FallsQuestions & Answers Would a body positioning belt, properly anchored meet the requirement to protect employees from falling off a mezzanine when the gate is open?
130749reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/construction-safety/construction-safety/NIOSH-guidance-offers-new-tips-for-preventing-back/Construction - GeneralWhite Papers NIOSH guidance offers new tips for preventing backovers on roadway construction sites
130744regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/regulatory-notices/CMV-commercial-motor-vehicles-motor-carriers/Notification-of-Changes-in-the-New-Entrant-Safety-/Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)Notices Notification of Changes in the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program Operational Test
130745regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/regulatory-notices/hours-of-service-motor-carriers/Hours-of-Service-of-Drivers-Application-for-Americ/Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)Notices Hours of Service of Drivers; Application for American Moving & Storage Association Exemption From the 14-Hour Rule
130709training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-sessions/safety-administration/workplace-safety-training/Census-Bureaus-first-ever-report-on-educationtrain/Training Training Tips Census Bureau’s first-ever report on education/training credits
130712reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/safety-administration/EHS-strategy/Encourage-worker-safety-with-an-effective-incentiv/EHS StrategyWhite Papers Encourage worker safety with an effective incentive program
130713reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/guidance-documents/safety-administration/OSHA-Occupational-Safety-and-Health-Administration/Private-Sector-Worker-Safety-and-Health-Requiremen/OSHA Guidance Documents Private Sector Worker Safety and Health Requirements by State
130719reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/guidance-documents/safety-administration/OSHA-Occupational-Safety-and-Health-Administration/Private-Sector-Worker-Safety-and-Health-Requiremen-130719/OSHA Guidance Documents Private Sector Worker Safety and Health Requirements by State (PDF)
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130793faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/respiratory-protection/Question-came-up-at-a-training-session-about-clean/Respiratory ProtectionQuestions & Answers After use and cleaning do the cartridges need to be stored in a bag away separate from the rest of the half mask and then assembled when put back in use?
130794faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/transportation-safety/hazardous-materials-transportation/I-need-the-specif-training-requirements-for-driver/HazMat TransportationQuestions & Answers I need the specif training requirements for drivers relocating tankers truck with ammonia aqua inside the fence of the employer's facility.
130751faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/slips-and-falls/We-are-trying-to-determine-the-best-way-to-protect/Slips and FallsQuestions & Answers Would a body positioning belt, properly anchored meet the requirement to protect employees from falling off a mezzanine when the gate is open?
128847reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/equipment-and-process-safety/machine-guarding/Machine-guarding-Employer-draws-200000-in-fines-wi/Machine GuardingWhite Papers Machine guarding: Employer draws $200,000 in fines, willful citations in temp worker's death; Where it went wrong
103043training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-handouts/employee-health/back-safety/Back-Safety-PDF-103043/Back SafetyHandouts Back Safety (PDF)
103044training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/employee-health/back-safety/Back-Safety-Script-View/Back SafetySpeaker's Notes Back Safety - Script View
103045training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-powerpoints/employee-health/back-safety/Back-Safety-PPT-103045/Back SafetyPowerPoints Back Safety (PPT) [Spanish]
99276training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/employee-health/back-safety/Back-Safety-Trainers-Outline-Script-View/Back SafetySpeaker's Notes Back Safety Trainer's Outline - Script View
99280training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-powerpoints/employee-health/back-safety/Back-Safety-PPT/Back SafetyPowerPoints Back Safety (PPT)
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