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Issue Date: December 30, 2019

Dear Subscriber,

As 2019 draws to a close, make sure you're up to speed on the top safety developments and trends you can expect in 2020. Our recent articles provide an overview of what to expect from OSHA in 2020, the motor carrier safety issues to anticipate in the new year, and the items on OSHA's latest regulatory agenda.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

—The Safety.BLR.com Editorial Team

Featured Content

Q&A: Recording and reporting loss of consciousness

Recently, a subscriber asked whether an employee seeking medical treatment in the ER for a non-work-related fainting episode who was not admitted for an extended or overnight stay required the employer to call the incident into OSHA.

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OSHA revises amputations NEP

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for enforcement related to amputations in manufacturing, the agency announced December 17. The NEP targets employers for enforcement of machine guarding standards to reduce or eliminate amputation hazards.

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Understanding your experience modification factor

The experience modification factor, a ratio of the costs of a company's actual workers' compensation claims to the expected costs for companies of similar size in the same industry, is highly significant to employers—lower is better—because it determines workers’ compensation premiums. Read the article for an in-depth look at how experience modification factors are determined and what employers can do to improve.

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News

Commercial Driver SafetyNIOSH releases latest motor vehicle safety plan

Enforcement OSHA revises amputations NEP

Safety - GeneralBLS: Workplace fatalities increased in 2018

Enforcement States decline aircraft crew enforcement

Commercial Driver SafetyFMCSA petitioned to drop hearing requirement

Training

Webinars

Job Hazard AnalysisWebinar [2019-09]: A-List Risk Assessment Teams: How to Create, Train, and Manage an Effective Risk Assessment Team Pam Walaski, CSP, senior program director at Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc., details how to effectively develop risk assessment teams, including training and maintaining them as an effective part of your organization's risk management framework.

Slips and FallsWebinar [2019-09]: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: How to Conduct a Fall Hazard Survey and Assessment Fall protection specialist and civil engineer Jake Williams, PE, CSP, describes how to conduct a fall hazard survey and assessment of your worksite to minimize the risk of slip-, trip- and fall-related injuries and avoid costly OSHA citations.

Training Webinar [2019-09]: Effective Safety Training and Messaging: How to Best Develop Learning Objectives So Your Training Is Engaging and OSHA Compliant Mark Haskins, CSP and founder of Practical Safety Solutions, LLC, provides insight into how to develop and use targeted learning objectives to shape your safety training and ensure that it promotes learning and retention among your employees.

Time Savers

Employee NewslettersDecember 2019 Safety Works for Employees—This month's issue includes information on winter holiday fire safety, first-aid kits, silica dust, and hand-washing tips for cold season.

Ask The Expert

Q: We have a mixture of used oil onsite. Can I use a generic, third party SDS for used oil that I found online for this mixture?

Q: If an employee seeks medical treatment via ER for a non-work-related fainting episode but is not admitted for any extended or overnight stay, does the employer have to call the incident into OSHA within 8 hours?

Q: I need information on portable eye wash stations. Can we use a tank and water hose?

Q: Do you have any ear bud safety policies or related information?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

State:

12/27/2019—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—California—Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

12/23/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oregon—Employer-at-Injury Program

12/23/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oregon—Home Health Workers

12/23/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oregon—Implementation of Legislation

12/19/2019—Commercial Driver Safety—Oregon—CDL Third Party Testing Program

12/19/2019—Asbestos —Virginia—Asbestos Licensing Regulations

12/19/2019—Lead —Virginia—Lead Based Paint Activities

12/18/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oregon—New Medical Billing Codes for 2020

12/18/2019—Safety - General—Washington—Elevator Rules Amendment

12/17/2019—Workers' Compensation—New Jersey—2020 Maximum Workers' Compensation Benefit Rates

12/17/2019—Commercial Driver Safety—Oklahoma—Application for Initial Driver License

12/17/2019—Commercial Driver Safety—Oklahoma—Commercial Driver Licensing

Proposed Rules

National:

12/26/2019—OSHA —Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

State:

12/30/2019—Dept. of Transportation (DOT)—Texas—Rail Facilities

12/30/2019—Dept. of Transportation (DOT)—Texas—Railroad Grade Crossings

12/27/2019—Lead —Maine—Lead Testing In School Drinking Water Rule

12/26/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oregon—Closure, Reconsideration, Apportionment

12/19/2019—Motor Carrier Safety—Oregon—Elimination of Fee

12/18/2019—Safety Plans—Minnesota—Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction Programs

12/18/2019—Construction - General—Washington—Part O, Concrete, Concrete Forms, Shoring Construction

12/17/2019—Workers' Compensation—North Carolina—Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability Insurance

Reference Materials

White Papers

Understanding your experience modification factorThe experience modification factor, a ratio of the costs of a company's actual workers' compensation claims to the expected costs for companies of similar size in the same industry, is highly significant to employers—lower is better—because it determines workers’ compensation premiums. Read the article for an in-depth look at how experience modification factors are determined and what employers can do to improve.

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

January 8, 2020
Behavior-Based Safety: Leveraging Human Factors to Drive Strong Safety Performance

 

January 14, 2020
Opioids and Post-Accident Drug Testing: Legal Considerations, Reasonable Suspicion Training, and OSHA’s Antiretaliation Stance

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