Category: EHS Administration

Is Your Worker’s Compensation Insurer Defrauding You?

You’re probably on the lookout for workers who file fraudulent workers’ compensation claims—but how carefully are you watching your insurer? There has been a great deal of emphasis on claimant fraud, healthcare provider fraud, and employer fraud in the workers’ compensation system, but insurer fraud has received relatively little attention.

EPA Cracks Down on Counterfeiters: Don’t Buy Fake Environmental Credits

In 2005, President George W. Bush signed a law creating the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The program requires fuel producers to incorporate specific target amounts of renewably-produced ethanol or biodiesel into their products. Unfortunately, the way the system was set up enabled shady biodiesel producers to sell counterfeit credits to producers who needed to make […]

Con Man Sentenced in Fraudulent Waste Disposal Ploy: Don’t Fall for Nondelivery Schemes

In August, our Daily Advisor covered the story of Welch Environmental Group—a South Carolina company indicted for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) violations after the company was caught melting spent ammunition from firing ranges in open cauldrons in the South Carolina woods. Prior to his indictment, company president Glenn […]

5 Tips for Reporting Severe Injuries to OSHA

Results are in for the first year of reporting under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) new severe injury reporting rule. According to a report released recently by OSHA, over 10,000 severe injuries were reported in 2015. Yesterday we reviewed the key findings in the report and talked a bit about pitfalls in conducting […]

The Pitfalls of Reporting Severe Injuries to OSHA

How did you fare in your first year of reporting under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) new severe injury reporting rule? According to a report recently released by OSHA, over 10,000 severe injuries were reported. Today we will review the key findings in the report and talk a bit about pitfalls in conducting […]

The Rules Have Changed: OSHA’s Updated Eye and Face Protection Rule Is Meant to Make Compliance Easier

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) are not regulatory agencies; they are consensus standards-setting agencies. But OSHA has just updated its eye and face protection rules to reference the latest ANSI/ISEA standards. In addition, OSHA has revised significant portions of the construction industry eye and face protection standards […]

When the Whistle Blows, Will OSHA Say You Retaliated? The Rules Have Changed

When a worker believes that his employer is breaking federal law, he or she may “blow the whistle” by reporting the employer to regulators, who then open an investigation. Unscrupulous employers may retaliate against whistleblowers by denying them raises, bonuses, or promotions; demoting them; making their lives at work so miserable that they quit; or […]