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Is Your Drugs and Alcohol Policy Legal?

Yesterday we looked at the scope and dangers of alcohol abuse in the workplace, and at screening services available as part of Alcohol Awareness Month (April). Today we look at the legal considerations in implementing a drugs and alcohol policy—and at a resource that provides you with a ready-made, lawyer-reviewed policy and supporting documents. In […]

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You’ve Been Cited: What Now?

If you are cited for violations following an OSHA inspection, there are certain procedures that must be followed. Here’s a brief overview of key issues. If you receive a Citation and Notification of Penalty from OSHA following an inspection: You must post the citation (or a copy of it) at or near the place where […]

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Winter Wheel Warning

Many areas of the country are deep into winter, so it’s a good time to do refresher training on winter weather driving. Your workers need to understand the specific hazards of snow and icy conditions on roads so they can adjust their driving accordingly, you use the “Why It Matters” points to drive the hazards […]

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Managing Safety in a Workplace Where ‘Nasty’ Conditions Are Routine

Preventing hazard exposure at the former Hanford nuclear production complex in Washington State is a tough problem, but it’s one that safety management and employees work together successfully to solve. At Hanford, where a $2.4 billion, 10-year project to remove environmental risks is currently under way, radiation, chemical, and asbestos hazards are part of the […]

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Hazcom Revision: What’s It Going to Cost?

Yesterday, we talked about the impact and benefits of proposed revisions to the hazcom standard. Today, we look at the costs of compliance. OSHA reports that the compliance costs associated with the proposed revisions to the hazard communication standard would generally be incurred by affected industries as one-time transition costs over the phase-in period of […]

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Employee Involved in Vehicle Crash—Are You Liable?

The issue of employer liability for motor vehicle crashes, especially in distraction-related accidents, is heating up as more of these cases make it through the legal system. Yesterday, we talked about distracted driving policies. Having a policy can do more than put employees on notice that you’re serious about phone use. It can even potentially […]

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Confused About Cholesterol?

Keeping track of cholesterol can be confusing—but it’s crucial enough to your workers’ health to be worth the effort. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, which makes it a good time to slip a bit of wellness training into your usual schedule of safety training. Helping workers learn how to monitor their cholesterol can help […]

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Are Your Safety Training Programs Cost- and Learning-Effective?

If you’re like most EHS managers, you’re increasingly concerned these days about defending the value and cost-effectiveness of training programs. You need to get good value for your safety training dollars. In the context of training, "cost-effective" means providing solutions to identified needs (compliance, safety, etc.) at a cost that is a good value for […]

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After the Attack: What OSHA Recommends

If workers are given inadequate support following a violent incident, they may quit or be fearful of going back to work. Employers need to provide a program of support for workers involved in violent incidents and workers observing violent incidents. Today’s Advisor gives useful information on what to do after the attack. The following recommendations […]

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The Pesky Details of Working Safely with Pesticides

September is Farm Safety and Health Month, and our Safety Training Tips editor says that while you may think of farming as peaceful, bucolic work, it is actually one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Farm work injuries affect all demographics. Many seniors, women, and teens work on family farms and are […]

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