July 7, 2023

MSHA seeks updates to silica regulation, report on return-to-work outcomes and more

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

MSHA seeks updates to silica regulation

MSHA has submitted a proposed rule change to its respirable crystalline silica regulation. The agency is seeking to reduce the permissible exposure limit and add requirements to protect employees’ health such as exposure sampling and medical surveillance.

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Report shows return-to-work outcomes for Texas workers’ compensation

The Workers’ Compensation Research & Evaluation Group released a report on return-to-work outcomes for the Texas workers’ compensation system between 2007 and 2020. The report shows that 69% of employees who returned to work after six months stayed at work and that it took an average of 43 days for employees to return to work after an injury.

New app provides disaster response safety information

The National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training partnered with The Center for Construction Research and Training to develop a mobile application for disaster response. The Disaster Tools app provides health and safety training tools for employees involved in disaster response and cleanup activities.

Takeaways from National Safety Month

An Occupational Health & Safety magazine article looks back at National Safety Month to provide takeaways for prioritizing safety throughout the year. The article discuses the benefits of emphasizing workplace safety, strategies for reducing injuries and methods for building engagement.

Tips for addressing risks of prolonged standing

According to Georgetown University, more than four hours of prolonged standing can put employees at risk for health concerns like varicose veins, back pain and neck stiffness. An Occupational Health & Safety magazine article provides five tips for mitigating these risks, including seating, adjustable workstations, floor mats, footrests and footwear.

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