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HR Urged to Protect Wellness Program Data
HR professionals are being encouraged to review contracts with wellness program providers to ensure that the providers do not disclose employees’ health information.

Regaining Employees’ Trust After a Data Breach
As more details about several high-profile cyberattacks come to light, the affected employers are discovering that the long and laborious road to recovery begins with rebuilding employee trust.

Using Job Analyses to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries
Employers that have physically demanding jobs or a high rate of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses among their employees may be interested in conducting job analyses of selected jobs.

Workplace Injuries Spike After Daylight Saving Time Change
Employers should be aware of the potential effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time change Mar. 8, 2015.

600 Industry Sectors Exempt from OSHA Inspections in 2015
About 600 industry groups are exempt from programmed safety inspections in 2015 if they meet certain criteria, according to a Jan. 30, 2015, directive from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA Issues Alert on Snow Removal Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging employers and workers to be aware of the hazards involved when removing snow from rooftops and other structures after several recent incidents of workers falling through skylights, one resulting in a fatality.

Do You Have an Awesome Safety Culture?
Read 25 ways to tell whether or not you have an awesome safety culture. If you can answer yes to most of these, you’re doing great. If not, you have some work to do.

FBI: Over 80 Percent of Active Shooter Incidents Occur at Work
Of 160 active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013, over 80 percent (132) occurred at work, according to the FBI’s first study of the subject.

Calif. Standards Board Approves Heat Illness Changes
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved proposed changes to the state’s heat illness prevention standard, giving employers barely five weeks to revise their heat illness programs and train employees in the changes.

Calif. Hospital Violence Prevention Draft Regulation Released
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health released draft language for a workplace violence prevention regulation for health care workers.

How to Conduct a Job Hazard Analysis
A job hazard analysis is an important tool for identifying and reducing hazards in any workplace.

Measles Outbreak: What’s an Employer to Do?
The ongoing multistate outbreak of measles in the U.S. is raising questions as to what steps employers can take to keep their workplaces healthy.

Commercial Driver Safety Rules Pushed Back
Several anticipated commercial carrier regulations—including rules on electronic logging devices, speed limiters, safety fitness scores for carriers, and the establishment of a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse—have been delayed but are still scheduled for publication in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation.

Retailers Support National Data Breach Notification Standard
The association representing the nation’s retailers supports the idea of a national data breach notification law, such as recently proposed by President Barack Obama, as long as it covers all entities that handle sensitive data and pre-empts conflicting state laws.

Obama Promotes Cyber Threat-Sharing
President Barack Obama’s executive order promoting cyber threat-sharing within the private sector and between private enterprises and government agencies expands the president’s cybersecurity framework beyond critical infrastructure companies.


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