EEOC, FTC Issue Best-Practice Guidance on Background Checks
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently co-published two guidance documents reiterating how the agencies’ respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Work
A recent mass casualty event in Fairfax County, Va., serves as a reminder for employers to take the necessary precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide exposure.
OSHA Launches Retail-Sector Emphasis Program in Pacific
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the launch of a local emphasis program in the U.S. Pacific region’s retail industry to reduce workplace deaths and injuries.
Security Clearance Reforms Aim for Improved Access, Continuous Evaluation
Seven months after 12 people were gunned down by a troubled government contractor at the Washington Navy Yard, an interagency review panel chaired by the White House Office of Management and Budget announced a series of recommendations designed to improve the federal security clearance process.
OSHA Issues Final Rule Addressing Electric Power Work
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published final regulations amending its standards for working around electric power generation, transmission and distribution.
Want Less Stress? Try These 6 Tips
Each of the following tools for realistic stress management will help you with the personal and professional stressors you face during your career.
Canadian Criminal Liability Law Marks 10 Years
A decade has passed since Canada enacted a law that makes corporate executives, directors and managers criminally accountable for workplace injuries and fatalities, but statistics show that Canada is not a safer place to work, compared with 2004.
Union Reps Arrived with OSHA at Safety Inspections
The content of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration 2013 letter of interpretation clarifying that union representatives may accompany federal safety inspectors on nonunion worksite inspections is more than just academic.
Working Safely with Lead
Lead is one of the most common overexposure hazards and a leading cause of workplace illness, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has made reducing lead exposure a high priority.
Renovation Work Leads to Fines for Lead Exposure, Fall Hazards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined two companies restoring a historic building in Lima, Ohio, for exposing workers to dangerous levels of lead and serious fall hazards.
Science, Feasibility of OSHA’s Silica Proposal Debated
Industry stakeholders, worker advocates and public health experts are delivering testimony and cross-examining one another on proposed changes to the rules governing workplace exposure to crystalline silica.
Construction Employers Asked to Take a Stand on Falls
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking construction industry employers to participate in a national safety stand-down June 2-6, 2014, to raise awareness about the hazards of falling from heights.