Safety and Compliance News

  1. OSHA's View on Substance Abuse

    The most recent numbers from the BLS show that unintentional overdoses due to nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol while at work increased to 305 in 2018, up 12 percent from 2017. This marks the sixth consecutive annual increase in drug or alcohol- Read more...
  2. The OSH Act Is 50 Years Old

    OSHA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) with a year-long celebration of past achievements, current efforts and future initiatives to protect the American workforce. The OSH Act, which Read more...
  3. OSHA Penalty Reminder for 2020

    Former President Barack Obama signed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 in an effort to “improve the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and maintain their deterrent effect,” according to a Read more...
  4. Enforcement Numbers Increased in 2019

    According to OSHA, there was an increase in the number of inspections in 2019. Federal OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections — more inspections than in the previous three years — addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, Read more...
  5. ER Visits as a Result of Work-Related Injuries

    If a worker goes to a hospital’s emergency department, it is usually because the injury is so severe that seeing a doctor in his or her office or through a walk-in clinic requires too long of a wait. The 2018 Survey of Read more...
  6. When the Lockout/Tagout Standard Does Not Apply

    OSHA’s lockout/tagout standard applies to general industry employers with employees engaged in machine service and maintenance activities. However, there are exceptions to the rule. The standard does not apply in situations when: Read more...
  7. OSHA Updates NEP on Amputation in Manufacturing

    OSHA recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. This directive updates the 2015 NEP on amputations. The NEP targets industrial and manufacturing Read more...
  8. BLS Reveals Increase in Fatal Work Injuries

    The recently released Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report shows there were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2018, a 2 percent increase from the 5,147 in 2017. Some specifics Read more...
  9. NSC Publishes Its Position on Cannabis and Safety

    The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on employers to restrict cannabis use for those in safety sensitive positions — regardless of whether cannabis consumption is allowed by their state. In a recently released policy Read more...
  10. Forklifts and Pedestrians: A Deadly Mix

    Accidents involving forklifts and pedestrians can be devastating and the number of these incidents seems to be on the rise. Fortunately, your employees can stay safe by adhering to a few basic rules. When entering areas Read more...

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