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Do You Have an Awesome Safety Culture?
Read 25 ways to tell whether or not you have an awesome safety culture. If you can answer yes to most of these, you’re doing great. If not, you have some work to do.

Calif. Hospital Violence Prevention Draft Regulation Released
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health released draft language for a workplace violence prevention regulation for health care workers.

How to Conduct a Job Hazard Analysis
A job hazard analysis is an important tool for identifying and reducing hazards in any workplace.

Measles Outbreak: What’s an Employer to Do?
The ongoing multistate outbreak of measles in the U.S. is raising questions as to what steps employers can take to keep their workplaces healthy.

Commercial Driver Safety Rules Pushed Back
Several anticipated commercial carrier regulations—including rules on electronic logging devices, speed limiters, safety fitness scores for carriers, and the establishment of a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse—have been delayed but are still scheduled for publication in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation.

Retailers Support National Data Breach Notification Standard
The association representing the nation’s retailers supports the idea of a national data breach notification law, such as recently proposed by President Barack Obama, as long as it covers all entities that handle sensitive data and pre-empts conflicting state laws.

Obama Promotes Cyber Threat-Sharing
President Barack Obama’s executive order promoting cyber threat-sharing within the private sector and between private enterprises and government agencies expands the president’s cybersecurity framework beyond critical infrastructure companies.

OSHA Cites Company for Dangerous Robots
An Auburn, Maine, textile manufacturer was hit with $108,800 in penalties for exposing workers to unguarded machinery that included robots, which could have resulted in lacerations, amputations and other injuries.

New Electrical Safety Standard Requires Risk Assessment
The 2015 edition of the National Fire Protection Association Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace introduces a change in how electrical risk is evaluated, updates personal protective equipment tables and clarifies restricted approach boundary dimensions, among other provisions.

Worksite ‘Danger’ Redefined in Canada
A clearer definition of “danger” for the purposes of stopping unsafe work and changes to the work-refusal process at federally regulated workplaces in Canada went into effect in late 2014.

Workplace First Aid Kit Standard Expanded
The industry consensus standard on workplace first aid kits has been revised to meet the needs of more-diverse worksites, according to the International Safety Equipment Association.

OSHA Rejects Arizona’s Residential Fall Protection Standards
Arizona residential contractors are now required to ensure fall protection for homebuilders engaged in construction activities six feet or more above the ground instead of the 15-foot standard enacted into state law in 2012.

Are You in Compliance with OSHA’s Poster Requirements?
Employers are required to display a poster prepared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that informs workers of the protections afforded them under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

OSHA Enforces Eligibility Limits for Recognition Program
The decision to strictly enforce limitations on the size of employers that are eligible for a popular Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) small business recognition program is being viewed by some as a disincentive to participate.

Stopping Unsafe Work Last Line of Defense
Involving all employees in workplace safety and implementing a system of safety defenses to catch and stop unsafe actions has led to the growth of stop-work authority programs.

Assess Potential Violence Promptly but Carefully
Is an employee who admits to violent thoughts in the workplace a clear-cut case for termination? Not always, as a pair of companies recently found out.

Drug Test Your Workforce Lawfully, Effectively
There is no comprehensive federal law that regulates drug testing in the private sector, leaving the issue open to state regulation. Employers need to know which laws apply to them.

Overcoming Complaints About Wearing Protective Gloves
Here are some of the main complaints about wearing safety gloves and ways to address them.

 

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