Fall Regulatory Agenda for OSHA, MSHA Released

The administration of President Donald Trump issued its Fall Regulatory Agenda, including that for the Department of Labor, which covers the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

The fall agenda finds five OSHA standards in the pre-rule stage, four in the proposed rule stage, and seven in the final rule phase.

The agenda reflects President Trump’s 2017 commitment to eliminate two regulations for each new one. According to Neomi Rao, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the government had eliminated 22 regulations for each new one by the end of fiscal year 2017. All in all, this meant 67 deregulatory actions and 3 regulatory actions.

Rao added that these actions are expected to result in a savings of $8.1 billion in present-value terms. She notes that for fiscal year 2018, the fall regulatory agenda reflects 448 deregulatory actions and 131 regulatory actions, which will translate to $10 billion in present-value cost savings. Read the Press Briefing by Neomi Rao.

These deregulatory actions, however, drew criticism from some like, Christine Owens, Executive Director at the National Employment Law Project, who said that “the regulatory roadmap...promises to extend its almost year-long trail of broken promises to working people…[It] is a plan to cut pay for working people, endanger their health and safety…, and take away vital safeguards that enable consumers to make informed investments to build and protect their retirement savings.” Read the full statement of the NELP Executive Director.

View the full regulatory agenda for OSHA and MSHA, as well as other DOL agencies.

National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016

According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there were 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016.

The figure represents a seven percent increase from 2015. It also shows a rise in the fatal injury rate from 3.4 in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.

Some highlights of the report include:

  • Transportation accounted for 40 percent of fatal work injuries in 2016.
  • Fatal injuries due to:
    • Exposure to harmful substances or environments rose 22 percent,
    • Violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased by 23 percent,
    • Fires and explosions dropped 27 percent.
  • Food preparation and serving-related jobs, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance jobs, and sales and related occupations all saw increases greater than 10 percent in fatal work injuries.
  • Fatal injuries for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, military jobs, and production occupations all saw a decrease in fatal injuries.

View the full report.

Get Safety Going

About the Safety Contact
One of the most important aspects of a strong safety culture is good communication. This means that people need to talk about safety in a positive, non-threatening way. Making regular "contacts" about safety promotes a safe workplace and makes talking about safety comfortable – a regular part of work.

To establish good safety discussions, you need to talk with people when they are working safely and unsafely. Regular contacts about safe work promote communication and help you learn about the safety aspects of your job. You need to learn how to make both safe and unsafe contacts to be an effective safety communicator.

Making a Contact with Someone Who Is Working Safely
Safety discussions need to take place when people are working safely so safety becomes an everyday part of work. Your goals here are to engage the person in conversation and reinforce the safe work he or she is doing. Here's how to talk to someone who's working safely.

Step 1: Start with a positive comment
"Hi, Jack. I see you're wearing those new safety glasses we just got."

Step 2: Engage the employee in discussion about the job
"I'm curious about this job. Can you tell me about it – the hazards, the way you do it, and so on? I'm trying to learn more about what it takes to work safely here."

Step 3: End with thanks
"I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me."

You need to encourage safe work because people need reinforcement to keep on working safely. "What's the point in doing this job safely?" a person might ask. "No one notices anyway." In a strong safety culture people give each other positive feedback about safety to make sure the safety culture stays strong.

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Drones Damage Airplanes More Than Bird Strikes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a report last month stating that drones that collide with planes cause more damage than birds of the same size because of their solid motors, batteries and other parts.

A press release by ASSURE, the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems), adds that while industry standards for airplane manufacturing are suitable for bird strikes, they are not appropriate for drones.

There have been close calls between drones and airplanes, with the FAA receiving over 250 sightings a month of drones posing potential risks to aircraft.

The report is based on a study that looked at simulated collisions between drones weighing 2.7 to 8 pounds and common airliners and business jets. In a few instances, the drones would have penetrated the plane’s skin.

The bigger damage caused by drones is largely due to their stiffer components, unlike those of birds, which are mostly made up of water.

Read the press release or download the report/presentation.

EHS Spending Worldwide to Increase in 2018

According to a report by Verdantix, an analysis firm, EHS spending in 2018 will rise by 5.4 percent, with a focus on technology spending and a view towards improving worker safety and operational performance.

The report is based on a global survey of EHS decision-makers that Verdantix conducted from June to September 2017, covering industries with high to very high EHS risk profiles.

The survey identified multiple barriers to technology adoption that EHS decision-makers need to overcome including lack of budget, lack of technology expertise and information, issues of software configurability, and broader acceptability of cloud deployment.

The report is exclusive to select Verdantix clients, but an Executive Summary is available online.

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