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Will Ebola Drive a New OSHA Infectious Disease Standard?

If asked, most safety directors, human resource professionals and others involved regularly with OSHA would probably cite construction as the industry most associated with employee injury and illness. Yet, according to OSHA...more

OSHA Strengthens Local Emphasis on Hazardous Chemical Compliance

Omaha Area Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a brand-new local emphasis program that will introduce regular health inspections at funeral homes, product and chemical...more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part I: OSHA’s Tips for a Safe Black Friday

In advance of the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding retail employers to take precautions to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events,...more

Ebola Preparedness

How should an employer respond when it learns that an employee is planning a trip to West Africa to visit family? What if other employees refuse to come to work because they fear that the returning employee may have been...more

Combatting Ebola in the Workplace – and “Fearbola” Too!

For the first time in weeks, online news reports have been relatively Ebola free. This week, the last Ebola patient in the U.S. was declared Ebola free and released from the New York hospital where he had been quarantined....more

Ebola: best practices for US employers – 6 questions to ask

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest one of its type in history and the first in West Africa. A severe and often fatal disease in humans, Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea,...more

NNU Ebola “Day of Action” Slated for November 12, 2014

Registered nurses in 16 states and the District of Columbia are planning a national “Day of Action” by engaging in strikes, picketing, leafleting, rallies, and candlelight vigils on Wednesday, November 12, in support of...more

Ebola May Be Bad Enough, But There Is OSHA, Too

Although most hospitals likely will never encounter a true case of Ebola, that does not mean they are immune to its harms. With nurses and other clinicians clamoring for adequate workplace protections, hospitals must decide...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Protecting Employees from Ebola"

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States, there is understandable concern about contracting it. Obviously hospitals have a clear responsibility to protect their employees, but what about non-healthcare...more

Minerals Matter - Autumn 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. Whilst the economic picture has certainly improved over the last six months, there have been a number of stops and starts along the way. Data suggests further...more

CDC Issues Additional Guidance to Healthcare Employers Regarding Protection of Workers from Ebola Virus

Recently, Miller & Martin Workplace Safety Practice Group provided information regarding the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) launch of its new web page designed to assist employers with their...more

Is Your Facility Ready for Ebola?

Polsinelli presents Crisis Management: a multi-part series (culminating in a webinar on 11.20.2014) on what companies must know to stay ahead of external interruption that risks serious impact to their business concerns....more

Six Considerations For Employers Faced With The Ebola Virus Or Other Infectious Diseases

As the Ebola virus has spread to a second city in the United States, and with the potential for additional cities to be affected, many businesses are faced with the difficult task of determining how to properly handle their...more

Employers: How Prepared Are You for Ebola?

Rapidly changing circumstances raise workplace questions. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 has already been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the worst in history. The extent of this outbreak is...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - What Health Care Providers Need to Know About Ebola Preparedness [Video]

As the Ebola epidemic continues to grow in West Africa, hospitals across the U.S. are putting protocols in place to prepare themselves in the event that an Ebola patient is admitted to their facility. We’ve already seen...more

Nursing Home and Healthcare Facilities Tasked With Keeping it Safe

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

The Only Surprise Is That It Took This Long...The First Ebola Class Action Has Been Filed

I am always amused by the manner in which class action lawyers attempt to capitalize on current events and public fears in bringing a “cutting edge” lawsuit that will garner a great amount of media attention. Although the...more

First Zombies, Now Ebola, then What? Preparing for Communicable Diseases in the Workplace

Oh the good ol’ days, when employees were awaiting a fictional zombie apocalypse and getting them to pay attention to prevention and preparedness was easy thanks to zombie animation from the Centers for Disease Control and...more

What to do When an Inspector Comes Knocking

Visits to workplaces by work health and safety (WHS) inspectors are a necessary part of the enforcement regime of WHS regulators. They often occur in circumstances where organisations are under considerable time pressures,...more

Employers: Take Precautions Now to Prepare for the Potential Ebola Threat

As a general business practice, employers should routinely anticipate and prepare for emergencies to ensure minimal interruption to their business. While West Africa is experiencing the largest Ebola epidemic in history,...more

Sample Ebola Response Policy

Sample Policy - Purpose of Policy The Company is committed to providing a safe workplace for all of its employees. Because the modern workplace is a primary site for human interaction and potential spread of contagious...more

Ebola Virus Disease Labor & Employment Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions - Q: Is an employee with an Ebola infection entitled to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act? A: Generally, an employee who needs time off from work because he or she is sick, or...more

Employers Must Be Cautious in Addressing Ebola Concerns

Neither the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nor the Centers for Disease Control has issued any specific guidance for employers to deal with Ebola issues. With multiple Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States...more

The health care industry's need for better health programs

Health care workers in Alabama have likely heard about the Ebola virus making its way to Texas, where a second hospital worker contracted the virus. The situation has shown that there may be a need for better health and...more

Top Five Steps for Dealing with the Threat of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Recent news surrounding the Ebola virus in the United States has raised concerns about what employers should do when faced with the threat of a highly infectious and/or contagious disease. By implementing practices that...more

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