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Where Maryland’s State Plan is Stricter Than OSHA

Federal OSHA regulations are simply the minimum standard. About half of the U.S. states have taken advantage of their own authority to make stricter, or additional, rules. Maryland OSHA (MOSH) is one of the “state plan” states that administer their own “mini-OSHA.” MOSH has beefed up their regulations on everything from: Excavation designs Asbestos in protective […]


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a revision of 29 CFR 1904.39 Injury reporting. The change requires most employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed, or suffers an injury requiring hospitalization, an amputation, or loss of an eye on the job. The rule change also updates the […]


Throughout the summer, hand and power tools receive a great deal of outside use. It’s important to remember that exposure to heat and other weather elements can affect hand tool safety. There is always a concern, as there should be, about heat stress affecting workers, but the sun and high temperatures can create safety issues […]

The Meaning of Labor Day

This Monday (Sept. 1st) is Labor Day. It’s celebrated on the first Monday in September every year, but what does Labor Day really mean? Labor Day was created by the labor movement as a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to prosperity and well-being of our country. The first Labor Day celebration was […]

Responding to Common Workplace Emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, meaning that employers need to take the time ensure they have the training and planning in place to effectively respond to an emergency. Any unforeseen crisis that demands an immediate response is an emergency. Emergencies in the workplace can mean a disruption of work; harm to employees or customers; and […]


A recent report from the he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) examined 20 recent heat-related cases and found that the lack of an acclimatization program was a primary factor for heat stress among new workers. Of the 13 fatality cases, nine of the deaths occurred in the first three days on the job, […]

Texas Child Labor Law Poster Update

The Safety Services Company Texas Child Labor Law Poster was updated on July 18, 2014 to include an update to the 2013 version that adds two more prohibited occupations for 14- and 15-year-olds. 15)   Youth peddling activities 16)   Catching and cooping of poultry in preparation for transport or for market This change is to the […]

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Poster Update

The federal labor law poster’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) posting has been updated to include sexual orientation and gender identity on the list of discrimination protections for employers with a federal government contract or subcontract. This EEO posting revision follows President Obama’s signing of Executive Order 11478. It affects businesses, government agencies, or organizations with […]

Minnesota Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Minnesota Minimum Wage Rates poster was updated to reflect August 1, 2014 changes to the minimum wage. The rate changes include: Raising the minimum wage required of large employers from $6.15 to $8 per hour Raising the minimum wage required of small employers from $5.25 to $6.50 per hour A training wage increase from […]

Michigan Minimum Wage Poster Updates

The Michigan Minimum Wage increase on September 1, 2014, the first Michigan minimum wage increase since 2009, brings an update to a posting required of all employers. The Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014, caused several changes to the MIOSHA Required Poster, “General Requirements – Minimum Wage and Overtime” The most consequential […]

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