Workplace Safety

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Russia: Focusing on New Requirements for Workplace Conditions

Special assessment of workplaces - In an effort to improve worksite safety conditions, a new procedure for assessing labor conditions has been established by the Federal Law No. 426-FZ "On Special Assessment of...more

Ontario Government Responds to Early Results of Mine Safety Review

In December 2013, the province asked Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer to undertake a review of the occupational health and safety issues related to the mining sector, focusing first on underground mines. The review...more

Fire Safety Requirements for Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities: How CMS Is Interpreting Occupancy Classifications and...

On April 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule amending the fire safety standards for hospitals and other types of health care facilities. Compliance with the fire safety...more

Saskatchewan Introduces Ticketing System for Certain Workplace Safety Violations

As of July 1, 2014, Saskatchewan employers who violate certain occupational health and safety laws may be issued a Summary Offence Ticket, which carry fines ranging from $250 to $1,000, depending on the offence (plus victim...more

Court Rules That Walgreens Employee Who Fired Concealed Handgun At Armed Robbers Has No Claim For Wrongful Discharge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a former Walgreens employee who was discharged because he fired a concealed handgun at armed robbers has no claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy....more

Keep Your (Employees) Cool This Summer

Last year, some parts of the country experienced the hottest summer on record. This year may well be record breaking as well, at least in some parts of the country. Keeping employees safe and cool during the next four months...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

Supervisor who solicited and procured drugs from employee was fired for cause

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the for-cause termination of a supervisor who used text messages to solicit and obtain drugs from an employee under his supervision. Safety was one of the supervisor’s responsibilities in...more

“Everyone just knew” was not a defence to OHSA charges: court

An employer’s assertion that “everyone just knew” the safety rules, was not a defence to charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an Ontario court has held. The employer’s “casual, oral practice” – without a...more

Government OHSA advisors must be licenced paralegals, court decides

Employees of Ontario’s Office of the Worker Advisor and Officer of the Employer Advisor who provide legal services relating to the Occupational Health and Safety Act must be licensed paralegals, an Ontario judge has decided....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

Quirky Question #228, E-Cigarettes: To Vape or Not to Vape at the Workplace”

Our California company has a no smoking policy but had not thought to include a ban on e-cigarettes, as we had not experienced any problems with them at the workplace until now. A handful of our employees use e-cigarettes...more

Corporate Director Fined Under OHSA In Safety Belt Case

A corporate director of a stucco company has been fined $3,000.00 under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that workers used safety belts on elevated work platforms. ...more

Rexnord Industries to Pay $25,000 in EEOC Disability Bias Suit

Company Fired Employee Because It Regarded Her as Disabled, Federal Agency Charged - MILWAUKEE - A federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee has entered a consent decree resolving a disability discrimination lawsuit...more

Utah Supreme Court "Repudiates" the Federal Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine

In an unapologetic rejection of a decades-old legal fiction hatched by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") and embraced by Utah Division of Occupational Safety and Health ("UOSH"), on January...more

OSHA Law Update: Potential Changes to OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard

Last year, President Obama issued Executive Order 13650 which requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to publish a Request for Information (“RFI”) to identify issues related to modernizing the...more

SafeWork Australia Releases Amended Work Health and Safety Regulations

SafeWork Australia has issued a revised version of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are not yet in force, but will introduce the following key changes if they are adopted in...more

The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union...more

More Lessons From Workplace Safety For The Compliance Practitioner

I have long believed that the compliance discipline has quite a bit to learn from the area of safety in the workplace. This is not only because I believe that the changes in corporate attitudes about safety presage many of...more

Worker Safety Under Review After UPS Plane Accident

Worker safety is under review after a serious UPS plane accident that occurred in Birmingham. The entire incident is under review, including the actions of the Alabama airport, air traffic controllers and UPS pilots. The...more

OSHA Launches New Website to Protect Hospital Workers

On Jan. 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals. The online resource provides an extensive set of...more

OSHA Releases New Tools For Hospital Safety

Over the years, the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration ("OSHA") has focused attention on healthcare workers and the safety issues they face in a variety of ways. In 1999 OSHA proposed...more

Are You Prepared To Comply With New Employment Laws And Requirements In 2014?

The New Year brings new employment laws and requirements for businesses. For example, as reported in the most recent edition of The Fast Laner, Illinois became the last state to allow people to carry concealed firearms....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

When Domestic Violence Becomes a Workplace Business Risk

Let’s start this conversation by remembering that the R in GRC stands for Risk. And while we normally think of risk in terms of business operations and regulatory compliance, we should always consider the risks to our most...more

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