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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
Toolbox Talks:
This talk discusses best personal hygiene practices for workers to stop the spread of the flu virus at work.
This talk discusses the steps that employees should take in the event of an emergency that requires them to shelter in place because of a hurricane or tornado.
This talk discusses the steps that employees should take in the event of an emergency that requires them to shelter in place because of a nearby chemical spill or explosion.
This talk informs employees of the meaning of the “Corrosion” pictogram, including identifying the specific hazards to which an employee may be exposed when using a chemical labeled with this pictogram, where the employee can go to get more information on protective measures to avoid exposure, and actions to take in the event of exposure.
This talk discusses the types of workplace injuries caused by overexertion and describes best practices all workers can use to prevent overexertion and avoid injuries.
This talk informs hotel housekeepers about safe housekeeping tasks for cleaning a bathroom to avoid strains, injuries, and the risk of falling.
This talk discusses the responsibilities of the permit-required confined space entrant in general industry and the permit entry procedures to follow. It can be used to review duties with authorized entrants or to inform other team members, such as the attendant, entry supervisor, designated rescuers, and others who work near confined spaces about the entrant’s job.
This talk discusses the safe use of ramps and runways to protect construction workers from falls.
Final Rules:
In May 2003 and April 2005, FMCSA published interim final rules (IFR) regarding the limitations on the issuance of commercial driver's licenses with a hazardous materials endorsement. The comment period for the May 2003 IFR closed on July 7, 2003; there was no comment period for the April 2005 IFR. The Agency received over 50 comments on the 2003 IFR. FMCSA now plans to adopt the provisions of the IFRs that have not previously been made final.
Employee Newsletters:
This month's issue features tips for safe driving in wintry conditions, a review of fire extinguisher types and uses, a reminder about preventing frostbite in cold working conditions, and a safe winter driving quiz.
White Papers:
Cancer, as well as cancer treatment, are debilitating conditions that can adversely affect mental, cognitive, and physical functions. Yet, Return to Work (RTW) for cancer patients, whether they have survived cancer or are being treated for it, can be a valuable step for the employer if the employee can still accomplish the objectives of the job.
Speaker's Notes:
Fran Sehn, Vice President of Risk Control and Claims Advocacy for Willis of PA, explains how to identify the true root causes of accidents, develop effective programs to address these causes, and use root cause analysis successfully when performing an OSHA incident investigation.
Questions & Answers:
We have an associate on restricted duty. We provide light duty for 90 days and after that period we have no work to meet their restrictions and send them home. Do the days at home count as lost time on the OSHA 300 log?
OSHA's electrical safety standards do not specify a minimum height an electrical (service) disconnect must be from the floor. Those rules do require electrical equipment to be "readily accessible" (that is, capable of being reached quickly for operation, renewal, or inspections, so that those needing ready access do not have to climb over or remove obstacles in the event of an emergency).
Final Rules:
In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, this final rule provides the 2018 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. This rule also finalizes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's and the Office of the Secretary's catch-up inflation adjustment interim final rules required by the same Act.
On-Demand Webinars:
Fran Sehn, Vice President of Risk Control and Claims Advocacy for Willis of PA, explains how to identify the true root causes of accidents, develop effective programs to address these causes, and use root cause analysis successfully when performing an OSHA incident investigation.
Updated Documents
Questions & Answers:
OSHA's electrical safety standards do not specify a minimum height an electrical (service) disconnect must be from the floor. Those rules do require electrical equipment to be "readily accessible" (that is, capable of being reached quickly for operation, renewal, or inspections, so that those needing ready access do not have to climb over or remove obstacles in the event of an emergency).
Regulatory Analysis:
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140308training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-health/employee-health/Flu-prevention-General-hygiene-practices-at-work/Health - GeneralToolbox Talks Flu prevention: General hygiene practices at work
140309training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-preparedness/Shelter-in-Place-Hurricanes-and-Tornadoes/Emergency PreparednessToolbox Talks Shelter-in-Place: Hurricanes and Tornadoes
140310training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-preparedness/Shelter-in-Place-Chemical-Spills-or-Releases/Emergency PreparednessToolbox Talks Shelter-in-Place: Chemical Spills or Releases
140311training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/hazardous-substances-and-materials/hazardous-chemical-labels/Hazard-communication-labels-The-corrosion-pictogra/Labels Toolbox Talks Hazard communication labels: The 'corrosion' pictogram
140312training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-health/workplace-ergonomics/Stop-overexertion/Ergonomics Toolbox Talks Stop overexertion
140313training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-health/workplace-ergonomics/Hotel-housekeeping-ergonomics-Bathroom-cleaning-be/Ergonomics Toolbox Talks Hotel housekeeping ergonomics: Bathroom cleaning best practices
140314training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/emergency-planning-and-response/confined-spaces/Confined-space-entrant-Understanding-your-responsi/Confined SpacesToolbox Talks Confined space entrant: Understanding your responsibilities
140315training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/construction-safety/fall-protection-construction/Fall-protection-Construction-Ramps-and-runways/Fall Protection (Construction)Toolbox Talks Fall protection--Construction: Ramps and runways
140298regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/final-regulations/hazardous-materials-transportation/49-CFR-383-and-384-Limitations-on-the-Issuance-of-/HazMat TransportationFinal Rules 49 CFR 383 and 384: Limitations on the Issuance of Commercial Driver's Licenses with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement
140297employeeNewsletters.aspx/workplace-safety-employee-newsletters/December-2018-Safety-Works-for-Employees/Safety - GeneralEmployee Newsletters December 2018 Safety Works for Employees
140292reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/employee-health/employee-health/Employers-can-meet-returning-cancer-survivors-midw/Health - GeneralWhite Papers Employers can meet returning cancer survivors midway
140293training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/safety-administration/workplace-accidents/Webinar-2018-08-Root-Cause-Analysis-Reduce-the-Ris/AccidentsSpeaker's Notes Webinar [2018-08]: Root Cause Analysis: Reduce the Risk of Future Accidents Using OSHA's Incident Investigation Process
140288faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/safety-administration/injury-and-illness-records-osha300/LOST-TIME-REPORTING-ON-THE-OSHA-LOG-Example-We-hav/Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)Questions & Answers We provide light duty for 90 days; after that, we send injured employees home. Do the days at home count as lost time on the OSHA 300 log?
140282faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/equipment-and-process-safety/electrical-safety/Is-there-a-minimum-height-an-electricalservice-dis/Electrical SafetyQuestions & Answers Is there a minimum height an electrical (service) disconnect must be from the floor? My understanding, there is a maximum height requirement for electrical panel, 6'7" AFF.
140276regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/final-regulations/DOT-department-of-transportation/Department-of-Transportation-Revisions-to-Civil-Pe/Dept. of Transportation (DOT)Final Rules Department of Transportation: Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts
140294training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/safety-administration/workplace-accidents/Webinar-2018-08-Root-Cause-Analysis-Reduce-the-Ris-140294/AccidentsOn-Demand Webinars Webinar [2018-08]: Root Cause Analysis: Reduce the Risk of Future Accidents Using OSHA's Incident Investigation Process
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140282faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/equipment-and-process-safety/electrical-safety/Is-there-a-minimum-height-an-electricalservice-dis/Electrical SafetyQuestions & Answers Is there a minimum height an electrical (service) disconnect must be from the floor? My understanding, there is a maximum height requirement for electrical panel, 6'7" AFF.
109555analysis.aspx/analysis/safety-administration/OSHA-and-state-safety-compliance-enforcement/Enforcement Regulatory Analysis Enforcement
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According to a recent California Department of Public Health study, which industries or occupations had the highest rate of carpal tunnel syndrome among employees?
• Textile, fabric finishing, and coating mills
• Animal slaughtering and processing
• Office and administrative support
• Material moving
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