The “Summer Lull” continues apace in the regulatory world, with minimal action last week. Meanwhile, this new week will see a “heat dome” settle over much of the country. Be sure to help your employees cope; it’s important to remember that many employees look to HSE and other regulatory personnel for guidance and support in following safety plans. It’s up to us to help our staffs to remain cool and safe. Let’s take a look at the last week’s action:
Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)
The agency has commissioned a study on the overall use of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the US. It intends to use the data collected to determine how to increase such usage and how to make such devices even more accessible and easy to use for the general public. Find out more about the survey here.
The agency is also announcing an opportunity for public comment on a new proposed collection of information by the agency. This notice solicits comments on a proposed survey to assess how hazard warnings are communicated to consumers—an important topic. See the proposal and how to comment right here.
The agency published a new rule that codifies the statutory requirement that State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) implement a system and practices for the exclusively electronic exchange of driver history record (DHR) information through the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), including the posting of convictions, withdrawals, and disqualifications. The rule aligns FMCSA’s regulations with existing statutory requirements set forth in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21). The rule also establishes a date by which States must be in substantial compliance with this final rule. This final rule is effective August 23, 2021. See it here.
The agency is renewing its information collection regarding compliance with its Beryllium Standard for General Industry. Beryllium is a heavy metal that is potentially harmful if not handled carefully. See the renewal here.
The agency also published a renewed ICR collecting information about injuries to employees using power presses. Power presses are a common source of injuries in the manufacturing sector. See the ICR here.
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