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January 27, 2015

Workplace Safety News and Notes - Jan. '15

Here's a collection of recent workplace safety news and resources from around the web:

New Gas Pipeline Safety Standards Coming from PHMSAPipeline safety sign
Natural gas pipeline operators can expect new safety standards this year from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. A January 14 announcement noted a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector and referred to the upcoming standards: PHMSA "will propose natural gas pipeline safety standards in 2015. While the standards will focus on safety, they are expected to lower methane emissions as well."

BLS Releases 2013 Days-Away-from-Work Data

In 2013, for every 100,000 full-time workers, there were 109.4 cases of nonfatal occupational injury and illness that required days away from work, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This was a decline from the 2012 number of 111.8 cases for every 100,000 full-time employees. Download the report (pdf).

GHS environmental hazard labelOSHA Considers Updating GHS Standard
OSHA has announced its intention to update the its Hazard Communication Standard to align with recent GHS updates. The GHS has been updated several times since OSHA’s rulemaking, which was based on the 3rd edition of the GHS. The UN currently is working on a 6th edition. Up to now, changes have had minimal effect on OSHA's rulemaking, the upcoming edition includes additional hazard categories that OSHA could consider including (desensitized explosives and pyrophoric gases). Read more here.

Senate Suspends Hours-of-Service Rules
The spending bill passed by the Senate in December temporarily suspends the hours-of-service requirement that 34-hour rest include two early morning stints, effectively bumping the 70-hour restriction back up to 82. The American Trucking Associations says the goal isn’t to eliminate the 34-hour rest period, but to let drivers use it more than once a week. Read more.

NHTSA Reports Lower Traffic Fatalities in 2013
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a 3.1 percent decrease in traffic fatalities from the previous year and a nearly 25 percent decline in overall highway deaths since 2004. In 2013, 32,719 people died in traffic crashes. The estimated number of people injured in crashes also declined by 2.1 percent. Learn more (pdf).

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