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Why Your Company Needs an Ergonomics Program
Implementing a strong ergonomics program can nip MSDs in the bud, improve the health and productivity of employees, and boost the company’s bottom line.

OSHA Issues New Directive for Communication Tower Workers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has updated its enforcement policy on the use of hoist systems to move workers up and down communication towers to include all tower work, not just new tower construction.

Use of Big Data to Detect Cyber Crime Growing
Organizations are increasingly considering using holistic, data-driven predictive analytics and automation to help uncover cybersecurity threats, particularly as criminals evolve hacking techniques and attack more quickly.

USPS Sued for Disciplining Safety Whistle-Blower
The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the U.S. Postal Service for allegedly retaliating against an employee for reporting unsafe working conditions.

California Retailers Not Obligated to Have AEDs Onsite
California’s retailers are not legally required to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in anticipation of medical emergencies inside their stores, the California Supreme Court ruled.

Taiwan’s New Workplace Safety Law Expands Scope, Regulates ‘Overwork’
Taiwan’s updated occupational safety and health regulations expand the law’s coverage to include all workers, enact physical and mental stress protections and shorten employers’ accident reporting time.

DOT Updates National Hazardous Routes Registry
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration produced its updated list of designated and restricted routes for the transport of hazardous materials.

North Dakota the Focus of OSHA’s Newest Enforcement Program
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an enforcement emphasis program to address worker safety in North Dakota’s oil and gas and construction industries, which have some of the nation’s highest worker fatality rates.

California Proposes ‘Raising the Bar’ to Prevent Heat Illness
California was a pioneer when it adopted the country’s first and—to date—only state-level heat illness prevention standard in 2005. Now the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, has proposed significant revisions to the regulations.

Hazardous Energy Most Cited Standard in Food Manufacturing
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the furious pace of food and beverage manufacturing leads to fatalities and serious injuries stemming from a failure to de-energize machinery during maintenance activities.

Health Data Breaches Exposed 1 in 10 Americans Since 2009
Over 1,000 large health data breaches by health care providers and affiliated vendors involving 500 or more individuals have been reported to the government since 2009.

Federal Taskforce Identifies Ways to Improve Chemical Safety, Security
A federal interagency taskforce has proposed several changes to safeguard chemical industry workers and the facilities they work in, including modernizing regulatory standards, improving local first-responder emergency-preparedness policies, upgrading technology, and increasing monetary and criminal penalties for hazard violations.

Slow, Steady Progress Seen 1 Year After Rana Plaza Tragedy
Conditions have improved in Bangladesh’s garment factories a little over a year since the April 24, 2013, collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka which killed 1,130 people, according to governments, organizations and experts working on the ground since the tragedy.

Can Monitoring Company Vehicles Drive Safety?
Employers often monitor company-owned vehicles for safety and efficiency, but need to remember to add or amend communications policies to cover the intrusion on workers’ privacy.

New Law Strengthens Data Protection in Fla.
A new law took effect July 1, 2014, that some say is one of the broadest and most encompassing data security breach laws in the nation.

Half of Companies Not Prepared for Emergencies, Employees Say
Whether it’s a tornado bearing down, a fire on the factory floor or a disgruntled colleague brandishing a rifle in the office, panic takes hold and chaos often ensues when emergency situations occur at work.

Host Employers, Staffing Firms Cited for Workplace Hazards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s initiative to improve workplace safety and health for temporary workers is netting a brisk business issuing citations.

How to Prevent Sprains and Strains in the Workplace
Sprains and strains are preventable in every workplace. It’s a simple matter of identifying risk factors and systematically implementing control measures.

 

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OSHA 300A Forms Due Feb. 1
All employers required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness Log, must post Form 300A, the annual summary of job-related injuries and illnesses, in a workplace common area by Feb. 1, 2014.

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.

OSHA Serious About Blocked Exit Routes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that two companies in the New York City area have been cited and fined for safety violations involving blocked emergency-exit routes, among other workplace hazards.

 

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Focus on HR
The latest episode of Focus on HR is now online!

In this episode:
NIC Counselor Mat Burrows speaks with host Kathleen Koch about what global trends employers should be aware of that will impact the future of work over the next 10 – 15 years.

 

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Employee Drug Screening: What You Need To Know
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Business Continuity and HIPAA
This practical guide examines the typical business continuity planning model and highlights how the special requirements of HIPAA have shifted the emphasis.