January 24, 2020
Regulatory Roundup is a weekly compilation of employee wellness and safety news. You can read the full article by clicking the titles below.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Since the creation of the OSH Act in 1970, workplace fatalities have decreased by about 65%. OSHA is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the OSH Act all year long by celebrating past achievements, current efforts and future initiatives. The agency has created numerous standards and training initiatives, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt states that its focusing on continuing to improve health and safety.
The National Safety Council (NSC)
Studies, resources, trends, news
New initiative aims to protect federal employees
The White House launched the Protective Employees, Enabling Reemployment Initiative to help federal agencies and the U.S. Postal Service enhance worker health and safety. Seven specific goals were established to improve worker safety and recovery, reduce taxpayers’ financial burden and standardize the claims process. The White House stated that OSHA and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs will coordinate the initiative.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for health care employees
The health care industry accounts for over 18 million employees, who face daily hazards of patient illnesses. PPE is the only method of controlling these hazards, since patients cannot be eliminated or substituted. Three concepts are broken down to help guide health care employees on knowing when to wear PPE and how to handle it appropriately.