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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
Proposed Rules:
The FMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session concerning potential changes to its hours-of-service (HOS) rules for truck drivers. On August 23, 2018, FMCSA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking public comment on four specific aspects of the HOS rules for which the Agency is considering changes: the short-haul HOS limit; the HOS exception for adverse driving conditions; the 30-minute rest break provision; and the sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extends the comment period for its August 23, 2018, ANPRM concerning hours of service for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Agency extends the deadline for the submission of comments from September 24, 2018, to October 10, 2018.
FMCSA proposed to amend its May 27, 2015, Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers final rule in response to petitions for rulemaking and extend the January 1, 2019, compliance date to January 1, 2021. The proposal would narrow the applicability of the rule, by excluding from the definition of lease and the associated regulatory requirements, certain contracts and other agreements between motor carriers of passengers that have active passenger carrier operating authority registrations with FMCSA.
Employee News Articles:
Drivers of tractor-trailers are trained operators and among the most skilled drivers on the road.
Hand trucks are simple pieces of equipment that can be extremely helpful when moving boxes and other heavy objects.
Even when not driving a forklift, it’s important for you to understand how to stay safe when working around or near a forklift.
This month is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Did you know that hearing impairment can be caused by exposure both to noise and to chemicals?
Choose the correct response to the following statements.
Questions & Answers:
How do you determine whether you need static dissipative shoes at a worksite? We are a car wash business, and we occasionally handle containers of flammable liquids (wash product and gas cans for lawnmowers, leaf blowers, etc.).
Final Rules:
FMCSA revised its regulations to permit individuals with a stable insulin regimen and properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to be qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.
The Secretary of Labor requests nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).
Guidance Documents:
Use the Sample Evacuation Exit Routes Map as a guide for developing ones for your facility that you can attach to your emergency action plan.
Guidance Documents:
This sample Evacuation Procedures for Individual(s) with Disabilities guidance document can be part of the emergency planning and response procedures at your facility.
Use the Sample Evacuation Exit Routes Map as a guide for developing ones for your facility that you can attach to your emergency action plan.
This downloadable report provides questions to ask in case of a bomb threat call.
Use this fire and evacuation drill evaluation form to evaluate your facility evacuation drill.
White Papers:
According CareerCast’s 2018 annual survey of the most stressful occupations, firefighting ranks second only to working in the military. The survey found support in an October 2017 report by two researchers with the Health Hazard Evaluation Program (HHEP) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), who examined many occupational stresses firefighters experienced at one unnamed fire department.
Hurricanes present an extraordinary range of hazards for workers during and after they strike populated areas and critical infrastructures.
Updated Documents
This safety meeting will highlight the safety and health risks associated with shift work and provide tips and techniques workers can use to reduce these risks.
Added in the last 14 days
140014regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/proposed-regulations/hours-of-service-motor-carriers/49-CFR-395-Hours-of-Service-Announcement-of-public/Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)Proposed Rules 49 CFR 395: Hours of Service; Announcement of public listening session
140015regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/proposed-regulations/hours-of-service-motor-carriers/49-CFR-395-Hours-of-Service-of-Drivers-Advance-not-140015/Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)Proposed Rules 49 CFR 395: Hours of Service of Drivers; Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM); Extension of comment period
140016regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/proposed-regulations/motor-carrier-safety/49-CFR-390-Lease-and-Interchange-of-Vehicles-Motor-140016/Motor Carrier SafetyProposed Rules 49 CFR 390: Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers; Proposed Rule
140018training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/transportation-safety/driver-safety-motor-carriers/Backing-up-a-tractor-trailer/Commercial Driver SafetyEmployee News Articles Backing up a tractor-trailer
140019training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/equipment-and-process-safety/material-handling-safety/Using-hand-trucks-safely-140019/Material Handling - GeneralEmployee News Articles Using hand trucks safely
140020training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/equipment-and-process-safety/forklift-safety/Working-around-forklifts/ForkliftsEmployee News Articles Working around forklifts
140021training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/employee-safety/head-protection/Hearing-injuries-from-chemicals/Head ProtectionEmployee News Articles Hearing injuries … from chemicals?
140022training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/equipment-and-process-safety/material-handling-safety/Using-hand-trucks-safely-Quiz-/Material Handling - GeneralEmployee News Articles Using hand trucks safely: Quiz
140023fun.aspx/fun-games/workplace-safety-cartoons/equipment-and-process-safety/material-handling-safety/Woodchuck-handtruck/Material Handling - GeneralCartoons Woodchuck handtruck
140024faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/foot-protection/There-was-a-question-of-whether-we-the-employer-mu/Foot ProtectionQuestions & Answers As a car wash business, should we be requiring employees to wear static dissipative shoes?
140011regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/final-regulations/driver-safety-motor-carriers/49-CFR-391-Qualification-of-Drivers-Diabetes-Stand/Commercial Driver SafetyFinal Rules 49 CFR 391: Qualification of Drivers; Diabetes Standard; Final Rule
140012faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/transportation-safety/hazardous-materials-transportation/Although-a-Class-9-placard-is-not-required-for-dom/HazMat TransportationQuestions & Answers Although a Class 9 placard is not required for domestic transportation of hazmat, can our truckers have a Class 9 hazmat placard on their truck even though the shipment is not technically a hazmat in the United States?
139995regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/regulatory-notices/construction-safety/Advisory-Committee-on-Construction-Safety-and-Heal-139995/Construction - GeneralNotices Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health; Request for nominations for membership on ACCSH
139984reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/guidance-documents/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-action-plans/Sample-Evacuation-Exit-Routes-Map/Emergency Action PlansGuidance Documents Sample Evacuation Exit Routes Map
139985faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/foot-protection/How-does-aluminum-safety-toe-shoes-or-boots-compar/Foot ProtectionQuestions & Answers How do aluminum safety toe boots compare to steel and composite toe boots? Our company only allows steel and composite, but I thought all safety boots meet the same ANSI standard.
139975faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-health/bloodborne-pathogens/We-have-determined-that-the-majority-of-our-sites-/Bloodborne PathogensQuestions & Answers The majority of our sites are not in "near proximity" to medical services and we have decided to get employees certified in first aid. Does this training create a reasonable expectation for workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens and OPIM?
139976reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/guidance-documents/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-action-plans/Evacuation-Procedures-for-Individuals-with-Disabil-139976/Emergency Action PlansGuidance Documents Evacuation Procedures for Individual(s) with Disabilities
139977reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/guidance-documents/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-action-plans/Sample-Evacuation-Exit-Routes-Map-/Emergency Action PlansGuidance Documents Sample Evacuation Exit Routes Map
139978timesavers.aspx/timesavers/workplace-safety-compliance-forms/emergency-planning-and-response/exit-routes/Bomb-Threat-Report/Exit RoutesForms Bomb Threat Report
139979timesavers.aspx/timesavers/workplace-safety-compliance-forms/emergency-planning-and-response/exit-routes/FireEvacuation-Drill-Evaluation/Exit RoutesForms Fire/Evacuation Drill Evaluation
139962reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/equipment-and-process-safety/specific-industries/Alleviating-the-stress-of-firefighting/Specific IndustriesWhite Papers Alleviating the stress of firefighting
139963reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/emergency-planning-and-response/emergency-preparedness/Protecting-workers-during-hurricane-response/Emergency PreparednessWhite Papers Protecting workers during hurricane response
Updated in the last 14 days
77949training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-meetings/safety-administration/shift-work/Shift-Work-Safety-Word-77949/Shift WorkMeetings Shift Work Safety (Word)
My State:
OSHA Challenge
Which of the following tasks would OSHA consider to fit its definition of maintenance work?
• Stripping and repainting a bridge
• Replacing a common water shut-off valve in a small heating system
• Replacing a utility pole with an improved pole
• Building a new facility
If you ever wanted to tell an applicant the truth, and the whole truth, about why you rejected him or her for a job, maybe you will find satisfaction in living vicariously through the BBC.
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