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Updates and Reforms Proposed for OSHAct

Updates and reforms to OSHAct are being proposed in Congress and elsewhere. You may wish to make your voice heard in this conversation. U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has reintroduced legislation she says will help ensure that workers are safeguarded in the 21st century economy. The Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA) amends and updates the […]

Week in Review, February 4, 2011

Note to Readers: This newsletter appears daily, but we know some don’t always have the time to read it everyday. For your convenience, here’s a re-publication of what we covered this past week. Daily, weekly, or anything in between, we’re pleased to keep you informed with the latest tips, news and advice on the profession. […]

Keep On Truckin’

If you have commercial truck drivers, make sure they know the rules regarding alcohol and drug use and testing. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) works to improve safety in commercial trucking. Regulations from FMCSA apply to safety-sensitive employees who operate commercial motor vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license. Examples […]

Are You Ready for an OSHA Inspection?

Currently president of FDRSafety in Brentwood, Tennessee, Jim Stanley had a long and distinguished career with OSHA. He achieved the rank of deputy assistant secretary and oversaw nationwide enforcement before retiring from the agency in 1996 and going to work in private industry. This should ideally be the safety director or someone in upper management […]

The Air at Work

October is Healthy Lung Month, which is a good time for you to discuss airborne hazards and how your employees can protect their lungs. Start by discussing what causes lung disease on the job. The American Lung Association lists several workplace breathing hazards: Dusts Environmental tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) Gases Solvent mists and vapors Welding […]

Fall Fitness Training

It’s late November and your employees may still be feeling sluggish after their Thanksgiving Day festivities! This may be the perfect time for wellness training to help your employees stay in shape as the days get shorter. Today’s Advisor gives you some fitness tips to pass along. Point out to your workers that it’s easy […]

Poll Shows Businesses Lacking in Preparedness

Is your workplace prepared for an emergency or disaster? A new poll shows that many employers may not be as well prepared as they should be. More than a decade after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, only a third of surveyed organizations believe they are well prepared for threats and disasters, even though about […]

Promote the Great American Smokeout for a Healthier Workforce

The Great American Smokeout®, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place this Thursday. The purpose of the event is to encourage smokers to smoke less on Thursday, quit for the day, or even quit for good. Although the Great American Smokeout didn’t actually begin nationwide until 1977, it was preceded by three important events: […]

Celebrate Diversity!

January 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which makes it a great time to celebrate diversity in your workplace. For safety’s sake, you need your employees to learn to respect each other’s differences so they can understand each other, communicate effectively, and work together safely. Discuss all the ways employees can be diverse. For […]

Workplaces Safer, but We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet

The good news is that there are fewer workplace injuries and illnesses than there used to be. The bad news is that there are still too many. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers declined in 2009 (the most recent year for which statistics are […]