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OSHA Increases Penalties, First Since 1990

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is raising its penalties to match the rate of inflation marking the first increase in penalties since 1990. The interim final rule was published July 1, 2016, and is based on the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act…

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HEAT STRESS: AWARENESS AND PROTECTING WORKERS

As we transition to warmer temperatures, it’s important to revisit your workplace’s Heat Stress Prevention Program to ensure your employees are equipped to combat heat-related illnesses. Heat is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities in the United States despite the fact that most heat-related…

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Solar Energy Safety

Photovoltaic (PV) energy systems that take advantage of solar energy are still a small, but rapidly growing energy source in this country. And because of its ability to generate electricity right where it will be used, it will continue to be a popular choice for…

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DEVELOPING A HEAT STRESS PREVENTION PROGRAM

Understanding the potential harm caused by working in high temperatures is only the first step when it comes to protecting your employees. The next and most vital step is developing a thorough Heat Stress Prevention Program for your company. This starts with inspecting your workplace…

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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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