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Record Number of Whistle-Blower Investigations in FY 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration set a record for the number of whistle-blower cases it investigated in fiscal year 2014.

Monitoring Employees: How Far Can You Go?
As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer monitoring of offsite conduct, especially when employees are off-duty.

Preventing Fatal Distractions Tops Transportation Safety Priorities for 2015
Preventing distractions from electronic devices and substance impairment are the National Transportation Safety Board’s highest priorities for 2015.

Prevent Combustible Dust Hazards with Good Housekeeping
The CSB has long recommended that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue a national general industry combustible dust standard.

Data Security and Cyberthreat Trends for 2015
Experts warn that cybercrime will become more sophisticated this year, continuing to expand from simple network password fraud to large-scale espionage attacks.

Obama Promotes Cybersecurity Plan in SOTU
President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact broad cybersecurity legislation during his State of the Union address Jan. 20, 2015, after the mammoth Sony data breach in November served to highlight the struggles companies face in keeping data safe.

OSHA Releases Guidance on Reporting Amputations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) clarified new injury reporting requirements for amputations in response to several questions submitted to the agency.

2015 Workplace Safety Changes for Calif. Employers
California enacted new occupational safety and health laws last year that will impact Golden State employers in 2015.

Overexertion Leading Cause of Workplace Injuries
Injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing ranked as the leading cause of workplace injury in 2012, representing 25 percent of the top 10 work hazards and costing U.S. businesses $15.1 billion.

Coping with Employees’ Mental Illnesses Can Be Challenging
Each year, more than 41 million Americans experience some type of mental illness.

Healthy Workplace Resolutions HR Can Keep in 2015
It’s that time of year again, when people are reflecting on the past year and setting goals for 2015.

Incorporating Simulations Leads to More Effective Safety Training
Research sponsored by the American Red Cross shows that adding interactive, scenario-based online simulations to in-person classroom training is more effective than lectures alone for instructing people on health and safety topics such as CPR and first aid.

Employers Must Post OSHA 300A by Feb. 1
Covered employers must complete and post their 2014 annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses by Feb. 1, 2015, and keep it posted in a common area until April 30, 2015.

President's Proposals on Data Breach, Privacy Raise HR Questions
In a sneak peek of his plans for the new year just ahead of his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama has highlighted new proposals to safeguard privacy in the digital age.

DHS Extends REAL ID Compliance Date to 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has pushed document enrollment dates for REAL ID driver’s licenses and identification cards from compliant states to the year 2020.

Know OSHA’s Document Creation, Retention Requirements
Some OSHA regulations require a specific retention period for documents. Other OSHA regulations, however, do not although it is often advisable to retain certain documents even if retention is not technically required.

Coal Mining Fatalities Drop to Historic Low
Coal mining deaths fell to the lowest level on record in 2014 while fatalities at metal and nonmetal mines saw a slight increase, according to preliminary data released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Is Job Rotation the Answer to Reducing Injury Risk?
Have you been considering job rotation as part of your musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention strategy? Should you?

Railroad Assessed Record Fine for Retaliation
A railroad company was ordered to pay the maximum punitive damages—a record sum—to an employee who reported a work-related injury.

DOT’s Driver Drug-Testing Rate to Remain Unchanged in 2015
The Department of Transportation has announced that minimum random testing for controlled substances for employees in safety-sensitive positions, including truck and bus drivers, will remain at 50 percent through 2015.

OSHA Renews Alliance to Protect Workers from Lasers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has renewed an alliance with the Laser Institute of America to help protect workers from laser hazards in primarily industrial, construction, medical and research workplaces.

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Take Effect Jan. 1, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.


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