Protect Your Workers from Heat Stress
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employers establish a heat-related-illness prevention program that includes advising workers to drink plenty of water and acclimatize to weather conditions and providing them with schedules that alternate between work and rest breaks.
Appellate Court Rules Against Random Drug Testing of State Employees
A federal appeals court has struck down portions of an executive order by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) that mandated random drug testing of the state’s 85,000 employees.
Need Funding for Safety Training?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is giving away $1.5 million in grants for training and education as part of the agency’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.
Global Retailers Sign Safety Pact After Bangladesh Tragedy
After the deadly workplace disaster in a Bangladesh garment factory on April 24, some of the world’s largest retailers have agreed to help pay for a fire-and-building-safety program in Bangladesh’s garment industry.
Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
With hurricane season officially starting June 1, 2013, now is the time to make important decisions to help keep your family, business and property safe.
Is Your Workplace Air Making Employees Sick?
Indoor air quality can be a serious occupational health hazard that is too often overlooked because some pollutants are less likely to be recognized as threats than others.
Cleaning-Chemical Safety Tips
To diminish accidents from improper handling of cleaning products, employers are encouraged to develop a cleaning-chemical safety program.
Nearly 8 in 10 Employers Screen for Alcohol, Drugs
According to HireRight’s 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 78 percent of respondents overall conduct drug testing on some portion of their workforce.
SHRM Chapters, Members Quickly Moved to Tornado Recovery
Lives were lost, property destroyed and neighborhoods razed in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area by a series of deadly tornadoes May 18-20, 2013. Immediately after the storms dissipated, the frantic rescue efforts began, and shortly thereafter, a community recovery was in full swing.
Emergency Plans, Survival Instincts Kick In During Okla. Tornado
SHRM members recount their experiences surviving the deadly May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, Okla.
Analysis: OSHA's Severe Violators Program Prematurely Punishes Employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a report analyzing the first 18 months of its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). The report concluded that the SVEP is “off to a strong start” and that it “is already meeting certain key goals." A review of the publicly available SVEP data, however, casts doubt on the program’s effectiveness.
Report Finds OSHA Resources Lacking, Penalties Weak
A recently released AFL-CIO report asserted that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is underfunded and understaffed and issues penalties that are too low to be effective deterrents.
Disaster in Oklahoma: SHRM Resources
A monstrous tornado swept through the Oklahoma City suburbs on May 20, 2013, leveling the community of Moore, Okla. Rescue and recovery efforts are currently underway. These resources can assist HR with the disaster management process.
OSHA Orders Reinstatement, Back Pay for Nuclear Whistle-Blower
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled that an employee of Enercon Services working at a Kansas nuclear power plant was unlawfully terminated in retaliation for reporting unsafe working conditions.
Managing High-Risk Employees
Injury, Illness Rates Among Nursing, Residential Care Workers Triple U.S. Average
KPMG: 5 Most Common Cybersecurity Mistakes
Focus on Business-Travel Safety After Rail Threat
OSHA Announces Enforcement Focus on Temp Workers