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Issue Date: October 10, 2016

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Featured Content

Top picks from the past 2 weeks:
  • OSHA proposes rule to streamline, improve standards
    As part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary, OSHA is proposing 18 changes to the agency’s recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards.
  • Will RMP and PSM revisions create more overlap?
    There has always been some overlap in the requirements of the RMP and PSM program, but will the upcoming revisions bring these programs further into lockstep or send them on divergent paths requiring more effort to comply with both? Get BLR Senior Legal Editor Timothy P. Fagan’s take on the issue.
  • Job stress is here to stay. So what can you do about it?
    Fear of being laid off. Excessive overtime. Pressure to perform. Conflicts with coworkers. Job stress is in the house. When you add daily life stressors like finances, family concerns, and illness, the result is a big pile of angst that can wear down your personnel, eroding productivity and safety and costing you money. This Compliance Report offers a timely update on a complicated subject with perspectives from top experts in the field.

Find out what’s happening in the workplace safety world.

The latest PowerPoint® presentations, handouts, quizzes, toolbox talks, and more

Checklists, plans, policies, employee newsletters, and more

Answers to the latest Ask-the-Expert questions

Regulatory Activity
Find out what OSHA’s up to with the latest notices, proposed rules, final rules, directives, and more.

Reference Materials
Guidance documents, white papers, and other essential resources


10/10/2016—Training —National
New NIOSH curriculum aimed at workers with intellectual disabilities

10/6/2016—OSHA —National
OSHA proposes rule to streamline, improve standards

10/6/2016—Emergency Preparedness—National
In Matthew’s path? Get ready with these hurricane preparedness tips

Ohio sees big decline in workplace injuries. What’s going on?

Research suggests curbing obesity could also curb common workplace injuries

Make medical records available while protecting sensitive information

Appeals Board decisions: Did an unsafe mix of forklifts and pedestrians lead to a worker’s broken leg?

10/3/2016—Enforcement —National
5 tips to help food companies avoid OSHA penalties

09/30/2016—OSHA —National
OSHA releases new memo on whistleblower settlements

09/29/2016—Process Safety Management—National
Will RMP and PSM revisions create more overlap?

09/29/2016—Combustible Dust—California
Combustible dust: New OSHA fact sheet offers preventive advice

09/28/2016—Emergency Preparedness—National
Accidents happen—Here’s how to recognize critical incident stress

Michigan targets hazards on blight removal projects

Are you retaining the required employee exposure and medical records?

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Audio Presentations

10/1/2016—Fire Extinguishers—National
Fire Extinguishers


10/7/2016—Confined Spaces—National
Confined space hazardous atmospheres: Tips to recognize them and work safely

10/7/2016—Confined Spaces—National
Confined space escape and rescue

10/7/2016—Machine Guarding—National
Machine guarding: Safe use of grinding wheels

10/7/2016—Machine Guarding—National
Machine guarding: The case of the inadequate guard

10/7/2016—Shift Work—National
Shiftwork safety

10/7/2016—OSHA —National
Your right to a safe workplace

10/7/2016—Hand Protection—National
Hand protection: Selecting chemical-resistant gloves

10/7/2016—Hand Protection—National
Hand protection: Cut-resistant gloves

10/3/2016—Combustible Dust—National
Combustible dust: Preventing dust explosions

10/3/2016—Painting and Spraying—National
Painting and spraying: Understanding painting health hazards

10/3/2016—Respiratory Protection—National
Respiratory protection: Understanding our respiratory protection program

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10/5/2016—Violence in the Workplace—National
Uncomfortable situation

Employee Newsletters

October 2016 Safety Works for Employees

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Questions and Answers

10/7/2016—Bloodborne Pathogens—National
I work in a warehouse. If an employee has an accident during which the trained responder, the supervisor, wore latex gloves, patted the blood away with gauze pads, and placed a large bandaid on the wound, is this considered biohazard waste?

Where would I find a safety data sheet and a health certificate for a face mask women put on their face?

Where can I find a list of all CAS numbers that correspond to the final ruling on crystalline silica for general industry? I notice new exposure levels are talked about but not linked to a chemical/CAS number.

10/3/2016—First Aid—National
We are in a medical clinic setting and have a question about our eyewash stations. We currently have the bottles with a saline flush system. We are wondering if we need to upgrade those to the faucet systems. Where do we find these guidelines?

09/29/2016—Fall Protection (Construction)—National
Are employers responsible for providing and paying for body harnesses and lanyards for construction projects?

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Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

10/6/2016—Enforcement —California
Definition of Repeat Violation

10/6/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio
Accessing Confidential Personal Information

10/6/2016—Eye and Face Protection—Oregon
Federal OSHA Updates

10/5/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Arizona
Self-Insurance Requirements—Workers’ Comp Pools

10/5/2016—Electric Power Generation—Kentucky
29 C.F.R. Part 1926.950-968

10/5/2016—Toxic and Hazardous Substances (Construction)—Kentucky
Toxic and Hazardous Substances

10/5/2016—Flammable Liquids—Kentucky
Hazardous Materials

Personal Protective Equipment

10/5/2016—Specific Industries—Kentucky
Special Industries

10/5/2016—Electrical Safety—Kentucky

10/5/2016—Eye and Face Protection—Kentucky
Adoption of 29 C.F.R. 1926.1-6

Occupational Health and Environmental Controls

Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment

10/5/2016—Eye and Face Protection—Kentucky
Standards in General Industry

10/5/2016—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky
Toxic and Hazardous Substances

10/4/2016—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—National
49 CFR 355, 356, 365, 369, 370, 373, 374, 376, 377, 378, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 390, 391, 392, 395, 397, and 398—General Technical, Organizational, Conforming, and Correcting Amendments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

10/4/2016—Workers’ Compensation—New Mexico
Data Reporting, Claims Resolution and Proof of Coverage

09/29/2016—Chemical Hazards—California
Chemicals that Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity

09/29/2016—Eye and Face Protection—Maine
Occupational Safety, General Industry, Public Sector

09/29/2016—Cranes and Derricks (Construction)—Maine
Occupational Safety, Construction, Public Sector

09/27/2016—Machine Safety —Massachusetts
General Safety and Machinery Standards

09/27/2016—OSHA —Minnesota
Occupational Safety and Health Standards

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Proposed Rules

10/10/2016—HazMat Transportation—National
49 CFR 110—Hazardous Materials: Revisions to Hazardous Materials Grants Requirements (RRR)

10/10/2016—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Idaho
Motor Carrier

10/10/2016—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Idaho
Motor Carrier

10/7/2016—Respiratory Protection—National
29 CFR 1910.134—Additional PortaCount Quantitative Fit-Testing Protocols: Amendment to Respiratory Protection Standard

10/6/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Oregon
Return-to-Work Incentive Programs

10/6/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Oregon
Claims Administration

10/6/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Oregon
Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Self-Insurance

10/6/2016—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Oregon
Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

10/4/2016—OSHA —National
29 CFR 1904, 1910, 1915, and 1926—Standards Improvement Project-Phase IV

10/4/2016—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Maryland
Employee Injury and Illness Records and Reports

10/4/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Florida
Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual

10/4/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Florida
Reimbursement Manual for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

10/4/2016—Workers’ Compensation—Florida
Reimbursement Manual for Hospitals

09/29/2016—Chemical Hazards—California
Proposition 65 Bisphenol A

09/27/2016—Temporary Workers—Massachusetts
Employment Agency and Temporary Workers Right to Know

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Reference Materials

Guidance Documents

10/10/2016—Process Safety Management—National
PSM Retail Exemption: 9/23/2016 decision of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Regulatory Analysis

10/7/2016—Fall Protection (Construction)—Montana
Fall Protection (Construction)

10/7/2016—Fall Protection (Construction)—Nebraska
Fall Protection (Construction)

10/4/2016—Fall Protection (Construction)—Missouri
Fall Protection (Construction)

10/4/2016—Fall Protection (Construction)—Mississippi
Fall Protection (Construction)

White Papers

Job stress is here to stay. So what can you do about it?

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Upcoming Webinars

October 11, 2016
Emergency Preparedness: Strategies to Ensure Business Continuity and Worker Safety in the Wake of a Disaster

October 13, 2016
OSHA Inspections: The Key Steps to Ace a Visit from the Safety Inspectors and Avoid Violations

October 19, 2016
Safety Training for a Diverse Workforce: Reaching Your Audience and Overcoming Barriers to Drive Safety Performance

October 19, 2016
Chemical Facility Safety: RMP Updates and New Compliance Action Items

October 26, 2016
Countdown to Compliance Under OSHA’s Final Silica Rule: Best Practices for Developing a Written Exposure Control Plan

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