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Issue Date: December 3, 2018

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The December 2018 issue of our Safety Works for Employees newsletter 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. Download it today to share this important information with your employees.

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Featured Content

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OSHA issues temporary worker bulletin on lockout/tagout

As part of its Temporary Worker Initiative, OSHA has provided guidance on the responsibilities of temporary-worker staffing agencies and host employers to protect temporary workers under the federal Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard (29 CFR 1910.147).

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A closer look at OSHA’s crane operator update

OSHA recently promulgated a final rule to ensure the competency of crane operators through training, certification or licensing, and evaluation. The agency recently clarified some points of confusion about the update in an FAQ document.

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Webinar: Root Cause Analysis: Reduce the Risk of Future Accidents Using OSHA's Incident Investigation Process

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.

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News

Specific IndustriesMiner black lung screenings low—NIOSH asks why

Temporary WorkersOSHA issues temporary worker bulletin on lockout/tagout

Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)OIG: OSHA must improve collection of injury data

Heat and ColdTips for safe outdoor winter work

Cranes and Derricks (Construction)A closer look at OSHA’s crane operator update

Training

Webinars

Alcohol & DrugsWebinar [2018-08]: Webinar in the California Workplace: Strategies for Drug Testing, Effective Policy Development, and Employee Communication—Andrew Sommer, Partner with Conn Maciel Carey, delves into the implications of California's marijuana laws for employers with respect to drug testing, safety, the ADA, and more.

AccidentsWebinar [2018-08]: Root Cause Analysis: Reduce the Risk of Future Accidents Using OSHA's Incident Investigation Process—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.

Time Savers

Employee NewslettersDecember 2018 Safety Works for Employees—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.

Ask The Expert

Q: 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?

Q: 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.

Q: As a state agency collecting pesticides from the public for disposal, we on average collect 150,000 gallons a year. Must we have an EPA #, manifest the waste, use a waste transporter, and label the drums as a Haz-Waste or Universal Waste for shipping?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

National:

11/27/2018—Dept. of Transportation (DOT)—Department of Transportation: Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts

State:

11/29/2018—Alcohol & Drugs—California—Employee and Personnel Substance Testing

11/26/2018—Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)—California—Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

11/26/2018—Workers' Compensation—California—Official Medical Fee Schedule-Physician

11/26/2018—Safety - General—California—Pressure Vessel Fees

11/26/2018—Specific Industries—Washington—Safety Standards for Firefighters

11/26/2018—Construction - General—Wyoming—OSHA 1926 Construction

11/20/2018—Workers' Compensation—Wyoming—Workplace Safety Contracts

11/20/2018—Workers' Compensation—Illinois—Workers' Compensation Utilization Review Registration

11/20/2018—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Bureau Internal Auditor

11/20/2018—Asbestos (Construction)—Oregon—Asbestos

Proposed Rules

State:

12/3/2018—Slips and Falls—California—Fall Protection in Telecommunications

12/3/2018—Motor Carrier Safety—Ohio—Safety Standards

11/30/2018—Workers' Compensation—Florida—Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual

11/30/2018—Workers' Compensation—Tennessee—Rules for Medical Payments

11/30/2018—Workers' Compensation—Tennessee—Medical Fee Schedule

11/28/2018—Workers' Compensation—Kansas—Online System for Claims Regulations

11/27/2018—Commercial Driver Safety—Washington—Commercial Driver Licenses Training and Examination

11/26/2018—HazMat Transportation—New York—Transportation of Hazardous Materials

11/26/2018—Workers' Compensation—Florida—Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual

11/20/2018—Motor Carrier Safety—Hawaii—Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

11/20/2018—HazMat Transportation—Hawaii—Hazardous Materials

11/20/2018—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Health Partnership Program

Reference Materials

White Papers

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New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

December 6, 2018
Dealing with Opioids and Marijuana in the Workplace: Strategies for Drug Testing, Managing Leave and Accommodations, and Limiting Liability

 

December 11, 2018
OSHA’s Top Regulatory Risks of 2019: What to Do Right Now to Avoid Fines

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