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    OSHA Launches E-Recordkeeping Data Submission Platform

    Aug 08, 2017
    On Aug. 1, 2017, OSHA went live with the data submission platform that certain employers will need to use when submitting their injury and illness (I/I) data to the agency by the revised Dec. 1, 2017, deadline. The requirements arise under OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, which was promulgated in May 2016.
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    NTSB Roundtable Focuses on Strategies for Getting Commercial Vehicle Operators to Adopt Driver Assistance Technologies

    Aug 02, 2017
    National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and National Safety Council recently hosted a roundtable on advanced driver assistance systems for commercial trucks. Despite the growing availability of these technologies, many trucking organizations and independent operators have not fully embraced them for their vehicles, NTSB says.
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    NIOSH Assesses Young Worker Fatality Trends

    Jul 17, 2017
    A new NIOSH report examines young worker fatalities that occurred between 1994 and 2013. The report presents information by demographic characteristics, employer characteristics, incident circumstances and temporal patterns. During this time period, 942 occupational fatalities occurred among youth workers, 88% of whom were male.
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    NIOSH Finds Certain Job Factors Relate to Fair or Poor Health in U.S. Workers

    May 30, 2017
    Occupation, lack of paid sick leave and multiple psychosocial factors are related to workers’ own perceived low health status. “Knowing which aspects of a person’s job can lead to poor health can help public health and employee wellness professionals develop tailored workplace interventions to advance worker well-being," says lead researcher Sara Luckhaupt.​
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    Revoking the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Order

    May 11, 2017
    On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13782 that revoked former President Obama’s EO 13673 (the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order) that was originally signed into law on July 31, 2014. Worker safety advocates supported the rule, and see the revocation as a clear sign that Congress and the administration are focused on business interests and not worker safety.
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    MSHA Workplace Exam Rule Delayed, Challenged in Court

    Apr 09, 2017
    On March 27, 2017, MSHA proposed to delay the effective date of its Workplace Examination final rule for surface and underground metal/nonmetal (MNM) mines from May 23 until July 24, 2017. The delay is connected to the Trump Administration's order on reviewing pending regulations as well as litigation initiated by several industry groups.
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    President Trump Axes Volks Recordkeeping Rule

    Apr 05, 2017
    President Trump signed H.J. Res 83 into law, blocking the so-called Volks rule that would have allowed OSHA to cite employers for failures to record or for misrecording workplace injuries or illnesses that occurred up to 5 years prior to when the citation is written among other provisions.
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    NIOSH Network Occupational Safety and Health Network Now Tracks Sharps Injuries & Blood/Body Fluid Exposures

    Mar 28, 2017
    NIOSH's has added two modules to the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) that allow for the tracking of sharps incidents and blood and body fluid exposures among healthcare workers. Healthcare facilities use OHSN voluntarily to share injury data, track injury trends and devise effective interventions.​
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    Senate Votes Down Worker Safety Rule for Federal Contractors

    Mar 07, 2017
    The U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that would have required contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations in order to compete for federal contracts. A similar measure already passed in the House, and it is expected that President Trump will finalize the move.
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    OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

    Jan 26, 2017
    OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers.
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    NIOSH Releases Hazard Recognition Simulator for Aerial Lift Operators

    Jun 20, 2016
    NIOSH has developed an aerial lift hazard recognition simulator to help potential aerial lift operators acclimate to aerial lift operation and to identify the common occupational hazards that can be present during use, such as depressions, crushing hazards, tip over hazards and others.

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