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Industry Study Finds OSHA’s Silica Proposal Will Cost Employers Billions
A coalition of construction industry groups released a report stating that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposal to regulate workplace silica will cost employers $4.9 billion annually, about 10 times the agency’s current official $511 million annual cost estimate.

Can Competency Management Reduce Safety Risks?
According to a new survey, 94 percent of U.S. executives and HR professionals surveyed say that a competency management system applied to safety risks would help prevent accidents and compliance violations, but less than half are actually using such a system.

The Do’s and Don’ts of an OSHA Inspection
An inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has shown up at your door. For some employers, it’s a paralyzing moment. How should an employer react? Welcome the inspector in? Shut down? Block the door and start calling lawyers?

Workers’ Attitudes Cited as Biggest Barrier to Safety
Nearly all surveyed safety professionals said that their senior management is committed to safety, while a majority indicated that workers’ behaviors are the biggest barrier.

OSHA Safety and Health Training Grants Available
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is accepting 2015 applications to fund safety and health training under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

Work-Related Asthma Affects Nearly 2 Million People
Asthma associated with work affects about 1.9 million U.S. adults, according to the results of a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

OSHA Updates Guidelines on Workplace Violence in Health Care
Amid startlingly high rates of workplace violence in the health care and social service industries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released updated voluntary guidelines for violence prevention.

OSHA Takes First Step Toward Cell Tower Safety Rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a request for information about worker safety hazards, safe work practices, and potential regulatory approaches to prevent worker injuries and fatalities in communication tower construction and maintenance.

NIOSH Recommends Workplace Bans Include E-Cigarettes
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that all employers establish and maintain smoke-free workplaces that protect employees from secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke and airborne emissions from e-cigarettes, and also provide tobacco cessation sup­port for users.

Momentum Builds for Cyber Threat Information-Sharing
Backers of a cyber threat information-sharing bill in the U.S. Senate argue that it will help limit the impact of destructive cyberattacks on the nation’s private sector.

Human Error Cited as Top Cause of Data Breaches
A new study reveals that companies believe malware and hacking are the top data security concerns, but actually their own employees’ actions are the largest cause of security breaches.

Expanded Fall Protection Awareness Event Aims Bigger
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and a variety of public, private, labor and nonprofit partners are preparing for the second annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, a national event taking place in all 50 states May 4-15, 2015.

 

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Visit SHRM's Flu Resource Page for information on how to prevent and deal with the spread of influenza in the workplace.

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Employee Drug Screening: What You Need To Know
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Learn what you need to know about workplace drug screening, the elements of a successful program and how to ensure it reduces, rather than increases, your company's liability.
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57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors Margaret Fiester, SPHR-CA, has compiled the most often asked questions related to employee accidents and injuries, business continuity and disaster recovery, drug and alcohol testing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations, risk management, workplace violence, and much more.



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