Protect Against Winter Weather Hazards, Storm Threats
Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21, but employers and workers need to prepare for and protect themselves against cold-weather hazards now—before the freezing temperatures and blizzards arrive.
OSHA Publishes Plans for 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s portion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda revealed several dates in 2014 that employers should take notice of.
Whistle-blowers May Now File Complaints Online
It’s easier than ever for employees to voice their concerns about malfeasance at their worksites, now that whistle-blower complaints can be filed online.
FAA’s Sleep Apnea Screening Policy Stalled
A U.S. House of Representatives panel approved legislation that would compel the Federal Aviation Administration to follow established rulemaking procedures before implementing new requirements that pilots and air traffic controllers be screened for obstructive sleep apnea.
OSHA Seeks Public Input on Chemical Safety Changes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is putting forth a request for information seeking public comment on potential revisions to its process safety management standard and related standards.
‘Failure to Match’: The Next Wave of Data Privacy Litigation?
This “failure to match” what is actually being collected with what companies are saying they’re collecting and doing with that information could lead to the next wave of data privacy class-action litigation.
Think Crowd Safety on Black Friday
Ever since the Nov. 28, 2008, trampling death of a Wal-Mart employee in Valley Stream, N.Y., during a stampede of Black Friday shoppers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a set of crowd management safety guidelines for retailers at the start of each holiday season.
Workplace Drug Positives Down Since 1988 Law
The passage of the Drug-Free Workplace Act in 1988 led to employers’ greater awareness of the dangers of illicit drug use in the workplace, the implementation of workplace drug education and drug-monitoring programs, and a dramatic decline in positive tests for drug use among U.S. workers.
Philly Contractor Charged with Murder After Building Collapse
Already cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for federal safety violations in connection with a June 2013 fatal building collapse in Philadelphia, the contractor responsible for overseeing the demolition now faces murder charges.
Company Charged with Retaliation After Employees Participate in Inspection
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Hickory, N.C.-based Gaines Motor Lines, along with company officials Tim Gaines and Rick Tompkins, to reinstate three former truck drivers who were fired after reporting safety concerns, and pay the drivers over $1 million in back-pay wages, interest, compensatory and punitive damages.