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Ensure Safety, Security with Holiday Employment Screening
If you hire holiday or other temporary workers, it’s important to hire ones that you can trust.

OSHA to Retailers: Protect Workers on Black Friday
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday.

Protect Your Workers from Infectious Disease
In the wake of the recent Ebola scare in the United States, employers may want to assess their infection control programs to ensure workers’ health and stay compliant with safety regulations.

Failure to Appear for Random Drug Test Defeats Employee’s ADA Suit
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a municipal employee had no claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act for being suspended from safety-sensitive duties after he failed to report for a required random drug test.

Employer Arrested for Failure to Abate Hazards, Pay Penalties
An Illinois construction contractor was arrested after refusing to abate years of alleged health and safety violations and to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties.

Ready Your Workplace for Flu Season
Concern over the deadly Ebola virus making landfall in the U.S. has dominated news coverage to such a degree that the start of the more familiar but still highly disruptive flu season passed unnoticed.

FMLA Confidentiality Supersedes OSHA Reporting Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission issued a surprise ruling in favor of an employer who failed to report a workplace injury, vacating a citation made by OSHA.

Obama’s ‘Safe Workplaces’ Executive Order Not Necessary, SHRM Says
The Society for Human Resource Management has signed on to a letter criticizing President Barack Obama’s executive order aimed at the federal contractor workforce as redundant and burdensome, and asking the president to withdraw it.

Prepare for the Inevitable with a Data Breach Response Plan
Risk management expert Jay Shelton discusses cybersecurity best practices, the importance of conducting a risk assessment and the elements of an effective incident response.

Fire Extinguisher Requirements May Surprise You
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prohibits employees from using a portable fire extinguisher unless they’ve been trained to recognize when and how to use it.

Does OSHA Regulate Ergonomic Hazards?
A recent enforcement action against a poultry plant to the tune of $14,000 should serve as a reminder that yes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does indeed cite employers for ergonomic hazards.

Distracted Driving Cause of Train Crash, Explosion
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended prohibiting commercial drivers’ use of hands-free electronic devices while operating their vehicles.

Combustible Dust Covered by OSHA’s HazCom Standard, Court Rules
Combustible dust hazards must be addressed on labels and safety data sheets and in training as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazard communication standard, a federal appeals court ruled.

Will Proposed Injury Reporting Rules Discourage Post-Accident Drug Testing?
One portion of the notice would open employers to citations for workplace policies and practices that deter employees from reporting job-related injuries and illnesses.

 

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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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Mat Burrows of the NIC discusses the global trends his organization predicts businesses will encounter in the next 10 – 15 years.
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Employee Drug Screening: What You Need To Know
Speaker: Dr. Murray Lappe, Chief Innovation Officer, Alere Technologies
Learn what you need to know about workplace drug screening, the elements of a successful program and how to ensure it reduces, rather than increases, your company's liability.
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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.



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