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October 20, 2012

October Workplace Safety News and Notes

NIOSH Offers Free Hearing Loss Webinar. On October 30, at 3:00 EDT, join NIOSH for a free train-the-trainer webinar on preventing work-related hearing loss. CEUs are available. Anyone who works with people exposed to loud noise or music is encouraged to attend, including: nurses, educators, youth leaders, community volunteers, safety managers and small business owners. Learn more and register here.

OSHA is launching an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pilot program for complaints filed with OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. The program will be implemented in two OSHA regions (Chicago and San Francisco) and offer two voluntary methods of ADR: early resolution and mediation. When a whistleblower complaint is filed with OSHA in one of the pilot regions, the parties will be notified of their ADR options and may work through an OSHA regional ADR coordinator to use these methods. Read the directive here (pdf).
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OSHA HazCom / GHS webinar now available on demand. This webinar explains changes to the Hazard Communication Standard that aligned it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). OSHA staff members provide information on topics including changes expected in training, labeling, and safety data sheets and compliance assistance opportunities. The presentation is sponsored by the Society of Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Learn more here.   

Watchdog Report: No evidence of excessive regulations. Despite political rhetoric to the contrary, one government watchdog group has found little difference between the current and past administrations in their overall level of regulatory activity. There has been an increase in the number of significant rules, but that has been driven by statutory and judicial deadlines and by regulatory actions left uncompleted by prior administrations. The number of pending regulations leading into this election year is remarkably similar to comparable time periods under past administrations and does not provide any evidence of plans for an avalanche of regulations to come.
Download the report here (pdf).

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