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Cal/OSHA Releases Ebola Protection Guidelines
Although widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States is unlikely, California’s worker protection and public health agencies announced interim guidelines for preventing occupational exposure to the deadly disease.

OSHA's David Michaels Addresses Agency Strategies
Occupational Safety and Health Administration head David Michaels explained the agency’s rationale behind what critics have called “regulation by shaming” during the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Fall Conference.

Curb Prescription Drug Abuse at Work with Six Proactive Steps
The abuse of opioid painkillers has become a disturbing trend and a threat to workplace safety, according to a National Safety Council report.

CDC Issues New Infection Control Protocols for Hospitals
CDC officials said that breaches of health care protocols most likely led to the Ebola virus spreading to two nurses in Dallas.

OSHA Seeks Hazardous Chemical Management Changes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking public comment on strategies for managing chemical hazards in the workplace and approaches to updating chemical permissible exposure limits.

OSHA: Proposed Fines Up, Inspections Down for FY 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that the average proposed fine for serious violations and the number of cases with proposed fines of $100,000 and up have increased since fiscal year 2013.

Calif. Data Breach Law Expands Credit Monitoring to Victims
Businesses in California now have added motivation to protect residents’ personal information after Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1710 into law amending the state’s data breach notification law.

New Report on Painkillers Could Affect Treatment Recommendations
A white paper published by the National Safety Council on the effectiveness of prescription painkillers could change the way health and safety experts think about the recommended treatments for injured workers.

Violations Reforms ‘Game Changer’ for Mine Safety
Reforms to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s pattern of violations process in the last few years have been “a game changer in mine safety and health culture,” according to MSHA.

U.S. Workplace Considerations for Ebola Exposure
While it is too early to assert that Ebola will be a major health issue among the U.S. population, employers in the United States have started asking what preparations and actions they should be taking.

New Law Mandates Calif. Employers Prove Hazard Abatement
California employers will soon have to prove, under penalty of perjury, that workplace safety and health hazards have been corrected before receiving any penalty modifications, and even while they are contesting the citations in an appeals process.

Bullying Isn’t Illegal … Or Is It?
According to conventional thought, workplace bullies have virtual immunity unless they bully discriminatorily or cross the line into criminal assault. But can you legally charge workplace bullies?

Studies Examine Prescription Painkiller Use Among Injured Workers
The Workers Compensation Research Institute recently conducted two studies to get a clearer picture of how opioid-based pain medications are prescribed to workers who were injured on the job.

Communicate Effectively in a Crisis
Communicating during an emergency or crisis is one of the most important elements of a workplace disaster preparedness plan, according to experts.

OSHA Extends Crane Operator Certification to 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule extending the deadline for crane operator certification by three years to Nov. 10, 2017.

 

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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 Reiterates Enforcement Policy on Temporary Workers
The agency explains the purpose of the Temporary Worker Initiative, defines temporary workers, identifies employer responsibilities and sets out when to open an inspection.

 

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Employee Drug Screening: What You Need To Know
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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.