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OSHA Updates its National Emphasis Program on Amputations

Noting that the manufacturing sector experienced more than twice the rate of amputations as that of the entire private sector in 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its nine-year-old National Emphasis Program (NEP) on amputations.

Court Rules Employers Liable for Poor Cybersecurity
On top of suffering financial and reputational loss, employers are now open to being punitively charged with neglecting due diligence in protecting the digital security of consumers.

How to Use NIOSH’s Health Hazard Evaluations
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is available to help employers, workers and worker representatives find out if there are health hazards in their workplace.

OSHA: Early Resolution Option for Whistle-Blower Claims
In an attempt to save money and time, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has introduced an early resolution program for whistle-blowers and employers to settle disputes without investigations and litigation.

Educate Your Employees About Spear-Phishing
“Spear-phishing” remains the favored means for cyberattackers to infiltrate employers’ networks.

How to Ensure Your Solitary Workers Are Safe
Convenience store clerk. Surveyor. Truck driver. Security guard. Workers who hold these jobs have very different skill sets but share one common—and potentially dangerous—job characteristic: They all work alone. These solitary or lone workers are isolated from other workers or in remote areas without direct supervision, where emergency response or medical assistance would be delayed if an injury occurred.

OSHA Proposes 90% Cut in Beryllium Levels
Following an unprecedented collaboration between industry and labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a new rule that would significantly lower the allowable workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease and cancer.

Bumble Bee Settles Worker’s Oven Death for $6M
Canned-tuna company Bumble Bee Foods agreed to a $6 million settlement—the largest payout in California history for violating workplace safety regulations and causing the death of a worker.

OSHA Releases All-in-One Training Resource for Employers
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s training requirements have all been collected in a new guide to assist employers.

White House Drafts Cybersecurity Guidance for Contractors
The Obama administration released draft guidelines meant to improve cybersecurity in the government’s dealings with federal contractors.

Protect Workplace Passwords from Cybercriminals
Nearly 80 percent of recently surveyed IT professionals said that negligent employees who don’t follow security policies are a company’s biggest cybersecurity threat. Tellingly, passwords are a prime target for hackers and only 56 percent of 192 employees surveyed by Software Advice said they are confident that their password usage habits in the workplace are secure.

OSHA: Competent and Qualified Are Not the Same

It’s the employer’s responsibility to assign certain job roles to employees who fit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration definitions of “competent,” “qualified,” “authorized” or “certified.”

Keeping Your LGBT Employees Safe Overseas
Companies should develop safety precautions specifically for LGBT employees who plan to travel to certain destinations on business.

Identify Your Trade Secrets to Prevail in IP Theft Litigation
An appellate court recently struck down a company’s trade secrets misappropriation claims because the company failed to protect its intellectual property (IP) as confidential or proprietary.

 

 

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