The New OSHA rule effective January 1, 2017 hits big companies first

On May 25, 2016 I published a blog post called OSHA establishes publication rules to “nudge” employers. Well the time has come for that rule to be effective. On January 1, 2017 the “nudging” becomes a big push. Are you ready? What has to be published? According to OSHA as of “Jan. 1, 2017, [OSHA]requires …

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Hey Employers you now have to train employees on the use of a ladder!

On November 18, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new 513 page final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. This rule becomes effective January 17, 2017 and will affect 6.9 million establishments that employ 112 million employees, according to Seyfarth Shaw. Included in these regulations is a training …

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Drug testing employees post-accident is going to be harder starting in August

Earlier this month I wrote a post called Safety Incentive plans are now a thing of the past! In that post I told you about a number of issues that OSHA now considers acts of retaliation by employers, and as we all know retaliation is against the law. One of these acts of retaliation is …

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Safety Incentive plans are now a thing of the past!

If you have ever worked at a manufacturing firm or a construction company you understand the importance of having a safe workplace. Accidents and resultant injuries are expensive in both human and monetary costs. As a result safety incentive programs to encourage and reward safe practices, also known as “no lost time days” programs, have …

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