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How Not To Train Employees: Stage A Fake Armed Robbery

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

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

Increased Crude Oil Rail Shipments Drive Boost in Funding for DOT HazMat Programs

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

Less than a Month to Go: Top Six Tips on Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Training in Ontario

Effective July 1, 2014, employers in Ontario will be required to ensure that all workers and supervisors have completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program as soon as practicable, pursuant to the...more

Canada Day deadline: Less than One Month to Complete Safety Awareness Training

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

Ontario Announces New JHSC Certification Training Standards, Refresher Requirements

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

OSHA: Active Agency Agenda, Increased Enforcement Efforts And Legal Update

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

Ontario’s New Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation: Are You Compliant?

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

Three Months Until July 1 Training Deadline: Update On Ontario’s New Safety Awareness Training Requirement

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

July 1, 2014 Deadline To Provide Ontario’s New Safety Awareness Program To Employees (Your Current Program Is Probably Not Good...

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

Training is expendable, until it’s not – PART I

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

Mine Operator Enforcement of Company Safety Policies Held Viable Defense to Employee Disobedience or Negligence

Mine operators have long been frustrated by being held strictly liable for MSHA civil penalty assessments where an employee’s misconduct or negligence was the direct cause of the violation of MSHA regulations. ...more

OSHA’s New Hazard Communication Standard Requires Most Employers To Train Employees By December 1, 2013

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

“Inherently Dangerous Business” Requires “High Degree Of Attention To Detail” In Safety Training And Supervision: Court

Dangerous workplaces require particularly careful training and supervision, a judge has stated in convicting a propane company. ...more

Education Update, No. 3, July 2013: Field Trips Or Land Mines?

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

Safety First—What OSHA’s Newest Interpretation Means for Employers of Temporary Workers

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

Is Your Construction Site Title 8 Compliant?

Construction provides many needed jobs in California and across the United States. Some economists view the level of construction as a key indicator of a vigorous state and national economy. So it’s important for the...more

New OSHA Focus on Temporary Workers

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

Labor Letter, May 2013: After The Violence Come The Lawsuits

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

OSHA Announces Initiative For the Protection of Temporary Workers

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

Does your construction company use temporary workers?

OSHA has issued a new memorandum regarding the use of temporary workers. See, April 29, 2013 memorandum from Richard Fairfax. ...more

“E-Learning” Safety Orientation Module Coming Soon In Ontario; Printed Copies Of MOL Safety Orientation Materials Now Available

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

Revised Hazard Communication Standard: December 1st, 2013 Deadline for Training and the Basic Training Requirements that You Need...

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

Education Update, No. 2 - April 2013: Keeping Your Students Safe From Child Abductions

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

Alternative Training Methods Could Increase Workplace Safety

While an employer's insurance company is obligated in Alabama to cover an injured worker's medical expenses and lost wages resulting from an accident on the job, an injured employee will not always receive the full benefits...more

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