January 24, 2022
In Brief
In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, TPGA has another content-rich newsletter for you.

First off, the association wants to point out that there is a waiver in play here in Texas to assist in peak demand in the wake of the Omicron variant that may be impacting your driver workforce. Access the waiver in the first brief of the morning.

Speaking of illnesses, it is that time of year again, where employers are required to meet the injury and illness posting requirement and for larger employers to submit that data to OSHA. Our second brief also highlights how COVID plays into the OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping requirements.

And while we are on the subject of OSHA, TPGA wanted to report for the larger employers that the courts have struck down the vaccine mandate. Read our third story of the morning for information on what that means.

Also, in this edition, TPGA continues our Member Perk series and goes into more detail on our nationwide tire program that includes more brands than before. The best part is buying from your usual tire dealer and still getting discounts.

Lastly, we are two weeks away from FMCSA's Entry-Level Driver Training requirement taking effect. We remind you not to forget to sign up for the informational session hosted by NPGA and PERC this week to learn how they can help your new drivers comply with this new upcoming requirement.

Access the latest Winter Weekly Price & Supply Update, the online PSC store, upcoming board meeting details, as well as the Texas Appliance Rebate Program in our Quick Links section.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • FMCSA Waiver - Texas
  • OSHA Reporting
  • Vaccine Mandate
  • TPGA Tire Program
  • ELDT Reminder
  • Quick Links
Calendar

January 27, 2022

January 30-February 1, 2022

February 1-February 9, 2022
 
February 04, 2022

February 6, 2022

February 7, 2022

February 8-9, 2022
 
February 10, 2022
 
February 15, 2022

February 21, 2022
TPGA & PSC office closed for
President’s Day

March 1. 2022
In case you missed it: FMCSA Waiver is in Effect for Texas
41 states including TEXAS are named in a recently granted Hours of Service waiver that TPGA worked with state and federal officials to obtain for members.

The waiver is effective January 20, 2022 - February 6, 2022.
Deadline for Posting OSHA 300A Summary Approaching
Under 49 CFR 1904, OSHA requires employers with 10 or more employees to post and keep records of workplace injuries and illnesses. This is one of the first things an OSHA inspector will look for during an inspection.
 
Basic requirement. You must use OSHA 300, 300-A, and 301 forms, or equivalent forms, for recordable work-related injuries and illnesses. The OSHA 300 form is called the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses; the 300-A is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses; and the OSHA 301 form is called the Injury and Illness Incident Report.
 
How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness? 
  • Any work-related fatality.
  • Any work-related injury or illness* that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
  • Any work-related injury or illness* requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
  • Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.

*COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties and includes one or more of the following: (e.g., medical treatment beyond first aid, restricted work, or days away from work).

Implementation. What do I need to do to complete the OSHA 300 Log? You must enter information about your business at the top of the OSHA 300 Log, enter a one or two-line description for each recordable injury or illness, and summarize this information on the OSHA 300-A at the end of the year.

Every year prepare an annual summary using OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). POST IT no later than February 1st, and keep it posted until after April 30th. You are required to post even if there are no injuries or illnesses. You must complete the form with zeros even if no incidences occur during the year.
 
What do I need to do to complete the OSHA 301 Incident Report? You must complete an OSHA 301 Incident Report form, or an equivalent form, for each recordable injury or illness entered on the OSHA 300 Log.
 
How quickly must each injury or illness be recorded? You must enter each recordable injury or illness on the OSHA 300 Log and 301 Incident Report within seven (7) calendar days of receiving information that a recordable injury or illness has occurred.

Retain these records for at least 5 years.
 
Severe Injury Reporting. Covered employers must report any amputation, loss of an eye, or hospitalization of a worker within 24 hours.
 
As a reminder, ALL EMPLOYERS, REGARDLESS OF SIZE, must report any work-related employee fatality within 8 hours to OSHA or the hospitalization of three or more employees. You can report by calling OSHA's free 24-hour confidential hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
 
Forms, instructions, and more information on the OSHA injury and illness reporting rule can be downloaded at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/forms.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Companies with 250 or more employees are required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) by March 2nd each year.
U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down
Vaccine Mandate
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) must halt enforcement of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for all employers of 100 or more employees to receive full vaccination or undergo periodic testing with mandatory face coverings.

In a recent article, The U.S. Supreme Court Stays OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate: What It Means For Employers published on www.jdsupra.com, they address the question, "Is this the final nail in the coffin or could the ETS come back (again)? The Court’s ruling came at the preliminary stages of litigation, which means that last week’s decision is not “final.” But for all practical purposes, the Court’s decision is almost certainly the end of the road for the ETS."

OSHA may redraft the rule to cover only particular industries where workers are more susceptible to COVID that could pass the Supreme Court's scrutiny, like healthcare workers.

TPGA will keep members up to date on any new developments on COVID-related employer mandates that impact our members.
Members Enroll in
Our Tire Program for Discounts
All current TPGA members nationwide may be eligible for discounts on tires with credit approval through TPGA’s Tire Program. 
 
Purchase Michelin, BFGoodrich, Cooper Tires, Goodyear, or Yokohama commercial tires and pay members-only prices at your local tire dealers nationwide that distribute the abovementioned brands.  
 
Earthmover, retreads, light truck, and passenger tires are also available through the TPGA Tire Program on select tire brands.
Have renewed your membership in 2022? TPGA has a variety of payment options for members to pay renewals including debit, credit, PayPal, Venmo, and check.
ELDT Compliance Starts
in 14 Days: Are You Ready?
Don't forget that the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education & Research Council will be hosting an informative online session on January 27, 2022, for the propane industry where to find training resources to help them comply with the New Entry-level Driver Training.
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