Government Affairs Update

Jan 02, 2020

Please scroll through and click on links that may be of interest as we have attempted to find information that is fresh, new, unique, pertinent and interesting provided by¬†Andy Blackmon, our Chapter’s Government Affairs Liaison.

ASSP
ASSP President Dianna Stegall delivers a message on becoming a better safety leader.
https://www.assp.org/news-and-articles/2019/12/01/invest-in-becoming-a-better-leader

National Safety Council
Article about parking lot injuries, especially during the busy holiday season
https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/distracted-driving/parking-lot-safety

OSHA
With the increase in merchandise sales during the holiday shopping season comes an increase in potential hazards for workers in the wholesale, transportation, and retail industries. OSHA has the following link for holiday safety.
https://www.osha.gov/holidaysafety.html

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited national discount retailer Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for exposing employees to safety hazards at the company’s Andalusia, Alabama, location. The company faces $312,576 in penalties.
https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region4/12092019

Good article about what to expect from OSHA in 2020 is available at the following link.
https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region4/12092019

OSHA’s most recent online bi-weekly newsletter was published December 4, 2019
https://www.osha.gov/quicktakes/12042019

MSHA
The “Aggregates Safety Series: Small Mines” video series was produced by MSHA in cooperation with the Maine Aggregate Association and focuses specifically on training requirements at small aggregate mining operations that produce crushed stone, sand, and gravel. These training requirements are covered under 30 CFR Part 46.
https://www.msha.gov/training-education/safety-health-materials/industry-and-msha-partnership-safety-material/aggregates

Mine rescue contests are designed to sharpen skills and test the knowledge of team members who would be called on to respond to a mine emergency. The contest requires team members to solve a hypothetical problem while being timed and observed by judges according to complex rules. Contests for the 2020 calendar year:
https://www.msha.gov/training-education/mine-rescue-training/mine-rescue-contests

NIOSH
NIOSH most recent monthly newsletter which is called eNews and has archives going back to 2004 is at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-12-09-19.html

FMCSA
After Dec. 16, 2019: Drivers/carriers subject to the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Rule must use ELDs registered The ELD Rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are required to maintain records of duty status (RODS).

NHTSA
A product alert for Takata recall alert is shown at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight

NFPA
An excellent article about the twentieth anniversary of the December 1999, fire in the abandoned cold storage warehouse in Worcester, Massachusetts that killed six firefighters is at https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2019/November-December-2019/Features/Worcester

ANSI
ANSI has an article recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the hard hat on National Miner’s Day on December 6
https://www.ansi.org/news_publications/news_story?menuid=7&articleid=a2630320-9ac5-4c88-8828-bf039e8c7b48

FEMA
FEMA has a winter preparedness link at https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

EEOC
Burgers & Beer Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit for $150,000
https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-11-19.cfm

Examinetics
See what industry thought leaders have for their thoughts on the trends, challenges and opportunities shaping occupational health and compliance for the upcoming year and new decade.
https://www.examinetics.com/safety-and-health-trends-for-2020/

Product Recalls
The most recent product recalls are at https://www.recalls.gov/recent.html