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Employers Expected to Investigate Injuries, Report Findings to OSHA
Recently revised injury-reporting requirements for employers have led to shared responsibility for the uptick in reports, and the subsequent inspections required.

Compromised Credentials Gateway to Massive OPM Data Breach
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta confirmed that compromised employee credentials stolen from a government contractor provided hackers access to the federal human resources agency’s servers.

Stay Safe This Summer with Emergency Prep Resources
Employers and workers need to prepare for severe weather events and extreme heat as the official start to summer draws near.

Joint I2P2 Recommended to Address Temp Worker Safety
A National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health workgroup presented a draft document that addresses temporary worker safety on multiemployer worksites through the use of injury and illness prevention programs.

Don’t Neglect Safety Due Diligence During Acquisitions
The trend of successor companies being held liable for the past violations of the acquired company is growing, according to an occupational safety expert.

Can HR Help Prevent Shootings in the Workplace?
It’s one of the most-feared workplace situations an HR professional could ever encounter: an active shooter at large in the building, putting lives at risk as the seconds tick by.

Employer, Safety Consultants Fined for Refusing OSHA Inspection
A federal judge cited an employer and three safety consultants working for him for criminal contempt for refusing to allow a court-ordered federal health inspection.

Survey: Most Employees Feel Secure at Work
The vast majority of workers (94 percent) feel their office is a secure place to work, according to a national online survey.

Is Hair Testing for Drugs the 'Gold Standard'?
Hair testing is the only drug-testing method available that provides up to a 90-day drug-use history.

OSHRC: Hazard Assessments Are Not One Size Fits All
The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) ruled that hazard assessments undertaken by a corporation must accurately reflect the hazards encountered by employees at each specific facility, regardless of any operational or design similarities across multiple worksites.

OSHA Updates Whistle-Blower Investigations Manual
Punitive damage awards to whistle-blowers “may not be appropriate” if an employer can show that retaliating managers were acting on their own in violation of the employer’s “clear and effectively enforced policy” against retaliation.

Maine Public Workers to Fall Under OSHA’s Newest State Plan
The Pine Tree State could soon become the 28th U.S. state or territory to manage its own occupational safety and health plan.

Company Cited for Bear-Mauling Death
Recently issued citations resulting from an employee being killed by a bear serve as a reminder that employers should keep in mind all possible workplace hazards.

Lawmakers Demand OSHA Update Safety Rules for Nail Salons
Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., are calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to update its standards for chemical, ergonomic and biological hazards as they relate to dangerous working conditions at nail salons.

Majority of Workers Expected to Be Present During Severe Weather
More than half of employees surveyed (55 percent) said they were expected to show up to work during severe weather conditions, even though half of those said they felt unsafe doing so.

What You Need to Know About OSHA’s Revised HazCom Standard
An important deadline is imminent: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s revised hazard communication standard goes into effect for all employers June 1, 2015.

Safety Manager Charged in Worker’s Oven Death
The former safety manager at a Santa Fe Springs, Calif., tuna-processing plant faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine if convicted on felony criminal charges related to the 2012 oven death of an employee.

New Guidelines Clarify Contractors’ Reportable Safety Violations
The Department of Labor issued proposed guidance on how federal contractors’ safety records will be evaluated before they are hired.

New Law Would Make OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs Permanent
A cooperative voluntary safety program run by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would be made permanent under bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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