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Issue Date: January 2, 2018

Dear Subscriber,

Happy New Year! OSHA was busy over the holidays, though employers might not appreciate the gift. As of January 2, civil penalties for workplace safety and health violations are 2 percent higher than the previous amounts. A single willful or repeat violation can now cost an employer nearly $130,000, and a single serious, other-than-serious, failure to abate, or posting violation can cost nearly $13,000—so it’s more important than ever to stay in compliance. Learn more here.

Do you have an exceptional safety program? Is your company looking for positive recognition? If so, consider applying for BLR’s EHS Daily Advisor Safety Standout Awards. Our newly launched award program seeks to recognize companies and safety professionals that excel in making their workplaces safe. Applications are being accepted now for the Best Overall Safety Program/Culture Award, the Innovations in Safety Training Award, the Young Safety Professional Excellence Award, and BLR’s Lifetime Achievement in Safety Award. Learn more here.

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2018 EHS Salary Guide

The 2018 EHS Salary Guide will help you evaluate if you are being paid a fair amount for the responsibilities you are shouldering. In addition, EHS managers can use the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient—an easy way to guarantee you are paying the right amount to retain hard-to-fill positions but not overpaying on others.

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January 2018 Safety Works for Employees

This month's issue includes tips for understanding hypothermia, recent research information on noisy transportation, snow shoveling safety tips, and information on how to safely clear snow from rooftops.

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Keeping your workers safe behind the wheel: Research and best practices to protect drivers and save money

Regardless of the hazards they encounter on the job, the riskiest activity your employees undertake every day may be the time they spend on the road. This Compliance Report takes you inside one of the nation’s leading vehicle safety research centers. We’ll talk with those on the front lines and highlight critical findings about risks that affect your workers. As well, we share recommended practices for avoiding crashes at your place of employment.

Keep Reading

News

WellnessStudy: Workplace harassment plagues U.S. employees

Safety - GeneralCalifornia occupational fatality rates hold steady in 2016

Safety - General2018 EHS Salary Guide Released

Enforcement OSHA penalties increase by 2 percent

AgricultureOSHA, grain company settle citations; 20 sites affected

Safety - GeneralLatest data show significant rise in workplace fatalities

PPE - GeneralFord tests wearable technology to make work easier

EHS StrategyAre you trying to focus more on risk and less on incidents?

Safety - GeneralInsurer rewards creative risk-control strategies

Time Savers

Employee NewslettersJanuary 2018 Safety Works for Employees—This month's issue includes tips for understanding hypothermia, recent research information on noisy transportation, snow shoveling safety tips, and information on how to safely clear snow from rooftops.

Ask The Expert

Q: Does OSHA require no-smoking signs around gas/diesel fuel storage tanks and storage racks for propane tanks? This is for a General Industry employer (lumber yard).

Q: Where can I find hot work permit rules for general industry?

Q: On Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records, our company submitted hard copies of 2016 OSHA Form 300 and 300A to the OSHA office in our area. Does this exempt our facility from electronically submitting Injury and Illness Record for 2016?

Q: We are looking at a Bid Document that requires that all bidders have a DART Rate <1.0. Is that realistic? I have never seen that before.

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

National:

01/1/2018—Enforcement —29 CFR 1902 and 1903 - Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2018

12/20/2017—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—49 CFR 395 - Hours of Service; Electronic Logging Devices; Limited 90-Day Waiver for the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities

State:

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—New York—Schedule Loss of Use Permanent Impairment Guidelines

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Health Partnership Program

12/27/2017—Ventilation—Oregon—Enclosed Area

12/26/2017—Workers' Compensation—Rhode Island—Employer Certificate of Dependency Status

12/23/2017—Workers' Compensation—Iowa—Evaluation of Permanent Impairment

12/23/2017—Air Contaminants—California—General Industry Safety Orders

12/20/2017—Asbestos —Ohio—Asbestos Hazard Abatement

12/20/2017—Workers' Compensation—Florida—Reimbursement Manual

12/20/2017—Workers' Compensation—Florida—Reimbursement Manual for Hospitals

12/20/2017—Motor Carrier Safety—Utah—Safety Regulations for Motor Carriers

Proposed Rules

National:

12/28/2017—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—49 CFR 395 - Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Agricultural Retailers Association

12/20/2017—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—49 CFR 395 - Hours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Proposed Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities

State:

01/1/2018—First Aid—Texas—Notification of Ombudsman Program to Employees

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Illinois—Workers' Compensation Utilization Review Registration

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Requirements for Filing and Amending Claims

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Death and Funeral Benefits

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Legal Representation and Fees

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioners

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Agreements for Final Compromise and Settlement

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Responsibilities of Insurers

01/1/2018—Workers' Compensation—Maryland—Individual Employer Self-Insurer

12/23/2017—Smoking—Rhode Island—Smoke-Free Public Places and Workplaces

12/20/2017—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Colorado—Port of Entry for Commercial Motor Carriers

12/20/2017—Motor Carrier Safety—Utah—Safety Regulations for Tow Truck Operations

Reference Materials

Special Reports

Safety—General—National—2018 EHS Salary Guide—The 2018 EHS Salary Guide will help you evaluate if you are being paid a fair amount for the responsibilities you are shouldering. In addition, EHS managers can use the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient—an easy way to guarantee you are paying the right amount to retain hard-to-fill positions but not overpaying on others.

White Papers

Keeping your workers safe behind the wheel: Research and best practices to protect drivers and save moneyRegardless of the hazards they encounter on the job, the riskiest activity your employees undertake every day may be the time they spend on the road. This Compliance Report takes you inside one of the nation’s leading vehicle safety research centers. We’ll talk with those on the front lines and highlight critical findings about risks that affect your workers. As well, we share recommended practices for avoiding crashes at your place of employment.

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

January 9, 2018
Protecting Employees from Energized Equipment:
Uncover Effective and Compliant Lockout/Tagout Measures

 

January 11, 2018
New Guidance on Post-Accident Drug-Testing and Safety Incentive Programs: Tips and Strategies for OSHA Compliance

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