Safety Precautions

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Transportation Department Proposes Enhanced Rail Car Standards and Controls for Trains Carrying Ethanol and Crude Oil

On July 23, 2014, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) detailing its proposed revisions to the Hazardous Materials...more

Protecting Workers From Heat Stress

The long, hot summer months are upon us...Did you know that an employer’s “duty to provide a safe workplace” under OSHA includes protecting employees from illness caused by heat stress? Heat stroke, heat cramps, heat...more

4 Essentials Your Prevention of Workplace Violence Training Must Cover to Build a Safer Workplace

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Marc McElhaney of Critical Response Associates last year when he helped our company create our Preventing Workplace Violence training course. Dr. McElhaney is a highly respected expert in...more

EC and SCENIHR Begin Public Consultation on Preliminary Opinion on Guidance on the Determination of Potential Health Effects of...

The European Commission (EC) and the Scientific Committee on Emerging Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) have begun a public consultation on the preliminary opinion concerning “Guidance on the Determination of Potential...more

What's Safety and Effectiveness Got to Do with Substantial Equivalence? FDA Clears it Up.

On July 15, 2014, FDA issued draft guidance Benefit-Risk Factors to Consider When Determining Substantial Equivalence in Premarket Notifications [510(k)] with Different Technological Characteristics. We think of it as a...more

Reprimands for “violation of basic safety protocols” were not discriminatory

After failing in a harassment grievance that was based on the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employee has failed in his bid to persuade the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario that safety-related discipline against him...more

The Risks at Roadside Construction Zones

Last winter, a construction worker was laying a pipeline on McGinnis Ferry Road in Alpharetta when his coworker accidently ran over him with a backhoe. The worker’s tragic death highlights the dangers of roadside...more

Lab Safety – Yet Another Harsh Reminder

Institutions make great efforts to ensure that their research labs are safe for students and staff, because it is the right thing to. Even then, accidents can happen that puts those working in these labs in harm’s way. A...more

Highway Safety: Rules Requiring Rest for Tired Truckers at Risk

A renewed debate about trucker safety is rolling down America’s highways following a vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee that weakens the rest regulations of those who operate 18-wheelers....more

Keep Calm and Investigate: Top 10 Tips for Documenting Accidents at Your Business

An effective and thorough investigation is the first line of defense in any premises liability case. When a guest reports an accident, it is important to gather as much information as possible. Employees move on and memories...more

Automotive Tires: The Forgotten Safety Device

Tires take on a tremendous amount of wear and tear and are one of the most important safety features on modern vehicles. Yet, they are also one of the most overlooked maintenance issues. People are apt to push their tires far...more

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Sure, fireworks are fun, but be cautious and careful. Below are Texas’ Top 10 fireworks laws (but remember, laws may vary county to county) reposted from our July 2008 blog....more

Next-Phase GHS 2015 Deadlines Loom: Time to Re-Author, Re-Label, and Refocus on Mixtures

Within the next 12-18 months, companies are facing multiple deadlines for various country adaptations of the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UN GHS). These include...more

DOT Proposes to Fine Motor Carriers and Others Who Coerce Drivers to Violate Safety Rules

The Surface Transportation Act currently provides commercial drivers with recourse if they are retaliated against for refusing to violate federal motor carrier safety rules. Earlier this month, the Department of...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms OSHA's Authority to Change Interpretation of Safety Rules Over Time

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is known for taking broad and aggressive interpretations of its safety regulations. Conduct that may not appear to be covered under a rule can become the basis for a...more

Improving warehouse safety for workers

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, there are more than 7,000 warehouses across the U.S., employing over 145,000 workers. Even in the safest of facilities, warehouse employees can face a number of...more

New York’s Campus Safety Act: Proposed Legislation to Require Notice of Violent Felonies and Missing Persons

The New York State Senate passed a bill today that would amend New York’s Campus Safety Act to require institutions, effective immediately upon its enactment, to notify law enforcement of any report of a violent felony or...more

NIOSH Releases The State of the National Initiative on Prevention through Design

Last month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a report entitled The State of the National Initiative on Prevention through Design, which provides an overview of the progress and...more

Update: Vermont Legislature Passes Toxic Chemicals Bill

Last month, we wrote about the toxic chemicals legislation bouncing between the Vermont House and Senate. On May 9, 2014, the Vermont Legislature gave final approval to the bill, S.239, which gives the Vermont Department of...more

Florida Truck Drivers Ignoring Safety Regulations A Growing Problem

Recently a jury voted in favor of a mother of 2 and start track and field athlete who's live was forever altered by a truck driver who had not slept in more than 24 hours. While I applaud the jury's decision this case...more

Georgia’s Child Restraint Laws

A car’s seatbelts and airbags are designed to protect adults, not children, during an accident. Improperly restrained kids risk ejection from the vehicle and serious injuries from airbag deployment. The Governor’s Office of...more

Student Accommodation Update - May 2014

Operators in the student accommodation sector must deal with complex obligations relating to legionella - Legionella is caused by the spread of bacteria in hot and cold water systems. Investors holding student...more

OSHA Wins Victory in Seaworld Case Involving Death of Trainer

Sea World has been at the center of a firestorm of publicity after the death of killer whale trainer, Dawn Brancheau, in 2010. Ms. Brancheau’s death was featured in the documentary film, “Blackfish.” She was apparently...more

Miners Can Prevent Fatal Accidents

With a momentary lapse of attention, any of us can cause a grave accident––at home, in a vehicle, on vacation, or at work. Miners must be ever vigilant for their own safety and the safety of others. ...more

Employer Liability for Workplace Accidents

Accidents can happen at any time, including at work. If you are a California employee who was injured on the job or while performing work duties, it is important that you understand your rights and legal options. In many...more

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