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Bathroom Business: OSHA’s Restroom Rules
Do you have enough toilets in your workplace? What condition are they in? Are your bathroom break policies too restrictive?

When and How Should HR Step into Violent Situations?
Threatening situations between employees can erupt suddenly in the workplace, ranging from shouting and making threats to physical harm. HR practitioners may be called upon to calm the situation and defuse any potential for violence.

Distracted Driving Policies Save Lives, Protect Organizations
Organizations that fail to create and enforce policies prohibiting employees from using their phones while driving put workers in jeopardy and increase employer liability.

OSHA’s Heat Safety App Updated for iPhones
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its Heat Safety Tool phone application, which allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite and the risk level for those working outdoors.

Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit Released
Health care employers have a new resource to use to protect hospital staff from respiratory hazards.

Court Rules Delayed 911 Call Willful Violation
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held May 4, 2015, that delaying an emergency 911 call while a worker was trapped in sand up to his waist in a storage bin is a willful violation, affirming a decision made by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Reliability of DOT Safety Oversight Program Questioned
Employers are claiming that a government program meant to monitor truck driver safety produces an unreliable measure of a carrier’s safety record, leading to trucking operations with good safety records being flagged for investigation and problematic carriers going unnoticed.

House Passes Cyber Threat-Sharing Bills
Congress is closer to enacting public-private cyber threat-sharing legislation nearly five years in the making.

California’s Nurse-Patient Ratio Law Improves Safety
Researchers have concluded that California’s law governing minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios improves safety for nurses.

Statute of Limitations Doesn’t Apply to Process Safety Violations
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission ruled that process safety management violations such as failing to conduct or act upon hazard analyses and compliance audits are continuing violations and are not subject to the same six-month statute of limitations as record-keeping violations.

Patient-Handling Equipment Prevents Workers’ Injuries
The right patient-handling equipment and proper training can save hospitals significant money in workers’ compensation claims, lost time and even recruiting costs, but the industry has been slow to make that investment.

OSHA Issues Confined Spaces Final Rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule May 1, 2015, to protect construction workers in confined spaces.


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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.