According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly one in 30 workers in America reported a disabling work-related illness or injury in 2012. Many of these disabilities are caused by exposure to hazardous materials....more
Employers often post new procedures in the workplace without providing formal training. A recent decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board suggests that for some work procedures, posting is not enough; rather, training...more
On October 1, 2014 Maryland Senate Bill 483 (Chapter 513) went into effect. The Act requires that certain sized nursing homes and health care facilities assign to a committee the task of assessment of workplace safety issues...more
I understand from my conversations with manufacturing executives that many companies need to use staffing agencies in order to locate skilled workers. In most cases, companies will hire the temps that work out after a trial...more
Ever wonder how your employees would handle a life-threatening situation? Well, four supervisors of the West Kern Water District apparently did. And they didn’t just wonder; concerned about robberies in the area and following...more
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
By a vote of 29-1, on June 5, 2014, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation (S. 2438) funding fiscal year (FY) 2015 activities for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT’s programs for crude oil and...more
Employers have less than one month to ensure that their workers and supervisors complete the mandatory “basic occupational health and safety awareness training” by July 1, 2014.
This training is mandatory for all...more
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that new “JHSC Certification Training Standards” will come into effect in early 2015. In the meantime, the existing “Certification Standards for Joint Health and Safety...more
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the primary federal agency charged with responsibility for enforcing workplace health and safety regulations, has been very active under the Obama Administration. In...more
Beginning on July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario will have an added responsibility of ensuring that all workers and all supervisors in all workplaces that fall subject to the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)...more
Ontario employers have less than three months left to ensure that their workers and supervisors get “basic occupational health and safety awareness training” before the July 1, 2014 deadline....more
The clock is ticking. All Ontario employers must provide their workers and supervisors with “basic occupational health and safety awareness training” by July 1st, or they will be in violation of a new regulation under the...more
September is the season for conferences, getting on the plane to get to them, listening to the flight attendant as they explain how the seatbelt works, what to do in the case of a loss of cabin pressure, and where the...more
Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised the hazard communication requirements to adopt international standards concerning the classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals and the format of...more
Dangerous workplaces require particularly careful training and supervision, a judge has stated in convicting a propane company. ...more
There is no question that field trips are an essential part of strengthening the curriculum and creating an interactive learning experience for today’s students. In fact, most independent schools pride themselves on the...more
On April 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum to regional administrators regarding the obligation of employers to protect temporary workers from...more
Does your company use temporary workers?
OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers.
In this memorandum, OSHA has stated that it will be reviewing the use of temporary workers...more
A lawsuit filed against a business in Minneapolis, Minnesota demonstrates that the problems associated with workplace violence do not necessarily end once the violence stops. Recently, the family of one of six individuals...more
On April 29, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an initiative to protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The initiative, announced through a press release and a...more
OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers. See, April 29, 2013 memorandum from Richard Fairfax.
Worker safety orientation is expected to become mandatory in Ontario on January 1, 2014, as we have previously advised. The Ontario Ministry of Labour is developing an e-learning module that workers and supervisors can take...more
OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard...more
A loud, beeping Amber Alert and accompanying visual banner filled the homes and screens of area television viewers on the evening of January 14, 2013, announcing the abduction of a five-year-old student from a Philadelphia...more
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