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Marijuana Use vs. Fit for Duty

Workplaces are feeling the effects of both medical and recreational marijuana legalization. These new laws are making it more difficult to discipline someone who tests positive for marijuana. Ambiguous language protects impaired drivers from prosecution and makes it hard for employers to prove impairment at…

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Implementing a workplace disciplinary program

One important element of an effective workplace safety and health policy is an Employee Disciplinary Program. Obviously, taking disciplinary actions is not ideal; a disciplinary program is not designed to create a threatening or fearful work environment. It’s important to remember that unsafe behavior doesn’t…

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SLEEP AND THE SHIFT WORKER

People are physiologically programmed to sleep during the night and be active during the day. This is known as the sleep-wake cycle. Consequently, shift workers are especially prone to sleep disturbances, sleep deprivation and misalignment of the sleep-wake cycle, all of which lead to sleepiness,…

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FATIGUE MANAGEMENT PLAN: KEEPING WORKERS ALERT

What do the Metro North derailment, Exxon Valdez, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and a few other notable aircraft incidents have in common? Fatigue. Employee fatigue played a role in all these tragedies and many more. As an employer, you must ensure your workers are not…

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OSHA’s PRIORITIES FOR 2016

OSHA has a full slate of objectives coming up for 2016 and beyond. Here is a brief look at safety issues on the horizon. OSHA has outlined how the General Duty Clause will be used to cite exposure limits beyond the Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL)…

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Safety Fail; Go to Jail?

To prevent and deter crimes that put the lives and the health of workers at risk, the Departments of Justice and Labor announced a plan on December 17, 2015 to more effectively prosecute such crimes.  Under the new plan, the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural…

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OSHA Penalties to Increase Annually

OSHA penalties will increase for the first time since 1990, and are set to increase annually beginning August 1, 2016. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that President Obama signed into law on November 2, 2015 contains the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act…

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U.S. DEPT. OF LABOR HELPS NON-PROFITS

On September 2, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made a move to help high-risk workers and employers by awarding $10.5 million to 80 nonprofit organizations across the country. This money will fund training, safety and health education to…

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OSHA UPHOLDS ‘MIDNIGHT RIDER’ FINES

On September 15, a federal judge sided with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to uphold fines against producers of the film “Midnight Rider” after 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed by a freight train that came through during filming in…

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LESS DAYLIGHT, MORE SAFETY

As the year goes on, the amount of daylight we have during waking hours is gradually lessened. Proper lighting is an integral part of workplace security and employee safety. With the sun setting at earlier hours in the day, it’s important to account for the…

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