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Combustible Dust Covered by OSHA’s HazCom Standard, Court Rules
Combustible dust hazards must be addressed on labels and safety data sheets and in training as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazard communication standard, a federal appeals court ruled.

OSHA Issues Inspection Directive for Cranes on Construction Worksites
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a directive for enforcing the 2010 Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

Distracted Driving Cause of Train Crash, Explosion
The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended prohibiting commercial drivers’ use of hands-free electronic devices while operating their vehicles.

SHRM Joins Opposition to OSHA’s Proposed Reporting Rule
The Society for Human Resource Management is speaking out against an Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed rule and supplemental notice requiring employers to submit detailed injury and illness records to be posted online for public viewing.

Company Cited for Failure to Provide Hep B Vaccines
Recent public interest in Ebola could serve as a reminder that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus.

DOL, Telecom Industry Develop Safety Training Program for Tower Workers
The Department of Labor is teaming up with the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry to create a registered apprenticeship program to provide safety training for communications tower workers.

CDC Updates Ebola Guidelines After Criticism
CDC increases hospital worker protection, mandates monitoring of certain travelers.

HR at Center of Conflict over Guns in the Workplace
HR professionals are caught in a legal crossfire between the need to maintain safe workplaces and the right of employees to possess firearms.

Cal/OSHA Releases Ebola Protection Guidelines
Although widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States is unlikely, California’s worker protection and public health agencies announced interim guidelines for preventing occupational exposure to the deadly disease.

OSHA's David Michaels Addresses Agency Strategies
Occupational Safety and Health Administration head David Michaels explained the agency’s rationale behind what critics have called “regulation by shaming” during the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Fall Conference.

Curb Prescription Drug Abuse at Work with Six Proactive Steps
The abuse of opioid painkillers has become a disturbing trend and a threat to workplace safety, according to a National Safety Council report.


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OSHA 300A Forms Due Feb. 1
All employers required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness Log, must post Form 300A, the annual summary of job-related injuries and illnesses, in a workplace common area by Feb. 1, 2014.

OSHA Publishes Plans for 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s portion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda revealed several dates in 2014 that employers should take notice of.

OSHA Reiterates Enforcement Policy on Temporary Workers
The agency explains the purpose of the Temporary Worker Initiative, defines temporary workers, identifies employer responsibilities and sets out when to open an inspection.




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Employee Drug Screening: What You Need To Know
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57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors Margaret Fiester, SPHR-CA, has compiled the most often asked questions related to employee accidents and injuries, business continuity and disaster recovery, drug and alcohol testing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations, risk management, workplace violence, and much more.