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Issue Date: March 13, 2017

Dear Subscriber,

The past two weeks saw two significant regulatory developments at OSHA. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to overturn an OSHA recordkeeping rule change that was passed during the Obama administration and took effect in January. Senate approval, which is expected, is the next step. On the same day, OSHA announced that the effective date for the recent rule reducing the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium has been pushed back to May 20 to allow the agency to further review and consider the rule. Visit the Safety.BLR.com News section to stay up-to-date on future developments that could impact your compliance obligations.

We are continually adding new content and features to Safety.BLR.com to make our award‑winning website even better. This twice‑monthly e‑mail is provided as a service to subscribers to notify you of the frequent additions of training and compliance tools and information.

And remember—you can always check on the most recent additions to the website on our What’s New page.


Featured Content

Top picks from the past 2 weeks:

  • March 2017 Safety Works for Employees
    This month's issue provides safety precautions for tree-trimming operations, including a quiz; gives a brief lowdown on OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard; reports on the dangers of manganese for welders; and assures employees that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.
  • FMCSA confirms HOS restart restrictions will remain suspended
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently confirmed that two provisions of the hours-of-service rule that have been suspended since December 2014 will remain suspended.
  • New rules and proven solutions for slips, trips, and falls
    If you’re like many who battle workplace falls, you may have asked yourself if there’s anything more you can do beyond training, safety shoes, nonslip surfaces, and employee awareness. This Compliance Report offers timely statistics, an update on OSHA regulatory requirements, expert insights, and a proven system for fall reduction that has successfully changed behaviors and outcomes at some of the country’s largest corporations.
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Upcoming Webinars

March 14, 2017
Safety Incentives and Awards: Creating an Effective Program That Won’t Raise Red Flags with OSHA

March 15, 2017
Active Shooter in the Workplace: Tactical Strategies and Response Protocols to Improve Chances of Survival

March 28, 2017
Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding: Money-Saving Programs that Comply with OSHA Requirements and Reduce Injury

March 29, 2017
Safety Culture Kickstarters: Identify Gaps and Opportunities to Improve Workforce Engagement

March 30, 2017
OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping: How to Tell Whether an Incident Is Recordable and Reportable

 

News

03/13/2017—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—National
FMCSA confirms HOS restart restrictions will remain suspended

03/10/2017—Safety—General—National
Tennessee manufacturer sustains safety success

03/9/2017—Safety—General—National
Business group releases resources for safety and security

03/8/2017—Safety—General—National
Senate votes on contractor safety as new report reveals violations

03/8/2017—Lead—California
Study finds high lead levels in California workers; Who’s at risk?

03/7/2017—Ladders—National
Observe National Ladder Safety Month with these tips

03/3/2017—Wellness—National
Eat well, stay healthy during National Nutrition Month

03/2/2017—Safety—General—National
Protect oil and gas workers from hydrocarbon gases and vapors

03/2/2017—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—National
Beryllium rule effective date pushed back per White House

03/2/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—National
House votes to overturn OSHA recordkeeping changes

03/1/2017—Eye and Face Protection—California
Do your workers see eye and face protection as a priority?

03/1/2017—Driving Safely—National
Research says young millennials are the most distracted drivers

02/28/2017—Wellness—National
NIOSH guide will help you create a Total Worker Health program

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Training

On‑Demand Webinars

03/10/2017—Safety Attitude—National
Webinar [2016-12]: Behavior-Based Safety: Implementing a Successful Program to Address Accident-Prone and High-Risk Employees

03/10/2017—Safety—General—National
Webinar [2016-12]: Cal/OSHA Update for 2017: Legal and Regulatory Hot Spots and Practical Compliance Strategies Every Safety Pro Should Know

03/10/2017—Safety—General—National
Webinar [2016-12]: Top OSHA Compliance Threats for 2017: Legal and Regulatory Hot Spots to Prepare for Immediately

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Time Savers

Cartoons

03/2/2017—Hand and Portable Power Tools—National
Tree Trimming Pointer

Checklists

03/1/2017—Enforcement—California
Checklist: Do you have what it takes to argue your affirmative defense?

Employee Newsletters

03/2/2017—Safety—General—National
March 2017 Safety Works for Employees

Questions & Answers

03/3/2017—Hazard Communication—Florida
Need some information on darkroom safety procedures for training purposes

03/3/2017—Training—Indiana
Do you have training for Federal Motor Carrier Requirements for transporting explosives?

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Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

03/11/2017—Workers’ Compensation—California
Practice and Procedure

03/11/2017—Motor Carrier Safety—New Hampshire
Motor Carrier Safety Medical Waiver

03/11/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Colorado
Port of Entry Rules for Commercial Motor Carriers

03/11/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Florida
Record Maintenance and Production Requirements

03/9/2017—Compressed Gases—Colorado
Liquefied Petroleum Gas

03/9/2017—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—Hawaii
Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries

03/9/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Ohio
Transitional Work Development

03/6/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—California
Commercial Driver’s Licenses

03/2/2017—Slips and Falls—Iowa
Industry Safety and Health Rules

03/2/2017—Slips and Falls—Iowa
Industry Safety and Health Rules

03/2/2017—Workers’ Compensation—Washington
Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Proposed Rules

03/9/2017—Aerial Lifts—Kentucky
Materials Handling and Storage

03/9/2017—Specific Industries—Kentucky
Special Industries

03/9/2017—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky
Toxic and Hazardous Substances

03/9/2017—Slips and Falls—Kentucky
Walking-Working Surfaces

03/9/2017—PPE—General—Kentucky
Personal Protective Equipment

03/9/2017—Slips and Falls—Oregon
Walking-Working Surfaces and PPE

03/1/2017—Lead—Alaska
Lead Screening and Miscellany

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Reference Materials

Regulatory Analysis

03/6/2017—Violence in the Workplace—California
Violence in the Workplace

White Papers

03/13/2017—Safety—General—National
CEOs impact performance through safety commitment

03/1/2017—Slips and Falls—National
New rules and proven solutions for slips, trips, and falls

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