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)

OSHA inspection

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) reaches 50th anniversary

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.

New penalty amounts are announced
In accordance with its annual inflation adjustment, OSHA raised civil penalties by about 1.8%. As of January 15, minimum penalties are $9,639 for willful violations, $134,937 for repeated violations and $13,494 for serious violations. 

The National Safety Council (NSC)

NSC offers scholarship for women in EHS
The NSC announced the Lorraine Pack Memorial Scholarship, which will provide $2,000 toward tuition and free attendance to the NSC Congress & Expo or Campbell Institute Symposium. Any woman seeking post-secondary education to pursue a career in the environment, health and safety field is eligible to apply. Applications for 2020 are due by March 31. 

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.