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OSHA Ergonomic Citations Are Not that Common - Lessons from the Citation Below?

October 30, 2014 05:51
by Howard Mavity
Alabama's Wayne Farms poultry plant cited for exposing workersto musculoskeletal, other repeat, serious safety and health hazardsOSHA proposes more than $102K in fines for serious, repeat violations   It's not that easy for OSHA to make out citations based on musculoskeletal disorder hazards because OSHA does not have an ergonomic standard.  OSHA will take a shot at certain industries, especially the poultry industry.  Read the OSHA News Release below for an idea of what OSHA ...
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Quotes from EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference Session on Construction Company “Leading Indicators

October 29, 2014 09:29
by Howard Mavity
A consistent theme of this year’s EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference, and at every safety conference at which I’ve spoken this year, is everyone’s frustration with relying on recordable injuries to evaluate a contractor’s safety program and culture.  When we focus on injuries, we’re chasing a lagging indicator … we’re not focusing on the things the site does to prevent workplace injuries.  Unfortunately, owner/customers and OSHA have focus...

Test Your Record Keeping Skills (Part 2)

October 29, 2014 08:40
by Tiffani Casey
Welcome back to our recordkeeping series. Hopefully last week's questions made you stop and think about what goes on your logs and what does not. This week continues to focus on work-relatedness and explores some of the more difficult issues on that subject. How would you answer the following questions about work-relatedness?1. In order to develop more business, Stan Salesperson joins a local networking group called Stellar Sales Force. On his way to a networking event Stan is involved in a car...
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Monday, October 27 Ebola Workplace Update

October 27, 2014 03:06
by Howard Mavity
As we expected, the concerns raised by the NYC physician testing positive after returning from aiding West African Ebola sufferers triggered a legal response to more aggressively quarantine certain categories of people rather than waiting until they develop a fever or present other symptoms. New York and New Jersey implemented strict institutional quarantine for individuals returning from providing aide in those countries and applied it to a returning nurse. Over the weekend, the Obama Adminis...
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Monday, October 27 Ebola Workplace Update

October 27, 2014 03:05
by Howard Mavity
  As we expected, the concerns raised by the NYC physician testing positive after returning from aiding West African Ebola sufferers triggered a legal response to more aggressively quarantine certain categories of people rather than waiting until they develop a fever or present other symptoms.  New York and New Jersey implemented strict institutional quarantine for individuals returning from providing aide in those countries and applied it to a returning nurse.   Over the wee...

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October 27 Monday Morning Ebola Update

October 27, 2014 01:46
by Howard Mavity
As we expected, the NYC doctor who tested positive for Ebola triggered a response demanding more quarantine response for ndividuals returning from providing aid in West Africa.  New York and New Jersey have both imposed quarantine obligations upon healthcare personnel returning from affected West African nations.  This response was not surprising given the public demands for such an action. However, the CDC continues to promote not quarantining such individuals unless and until they m...

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OCTOBER 23, 2014 EBOLA UPDATE

October 24, 2014 08:53
by Howard Mavity
  Almost one thousand people attended Thursday’s webinar on Ebola in the workplace.  Our platform presented technical challenges, and we appreciated the patience of our listeners.  About 700 are scheduled for Friday. I tend to agree with our President’s statement that he is “cautiously more optimistic” that we may be turning the corner in the fight against Ebola.  Both of the Dallas nurses’ conditions have been upgraded, and it appears that t...
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Wednesday Workplace Ebola Update

October 22, 2014 08:18
by Howard Mavity
The addition of monitoring efforts of West African travelers entering the U.S. after they leave the airport may relieve some people but concern others.  From a labor lawyer's perspective, this approach continues the CDC's releuctance to isolate individuals.  If the CDC continues this approach, it becomes more legally risky for an employer to refuse to let such a person return to work absent strong objective concern.  See the excellent Reuter's piece below. Howard UPDATE 4-U.S. t...
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Today's Workplace Ebola Update

October 20, 2014 14:40
by Howard Mavity
Fact Sheet - New CDC Guidance For Healthcare Workers - No Skin! For Immediate Release: Monday, October 20, 2014Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 Content embargoed until 1:00 p.m. ET, July 24, 2014 --> Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1020-ebola-personal-protective-equipment.html Download PDF The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection co...
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Test Your Recordkeeping Skills

October 20, 2014 04:53
by Tiffani Casey
There has been significant focus on recordkeeping since OSHA announced changes to the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records in September. In light of this focus and the new changes, now is a good time to check your recordkeeping prowess (whether you are new to the list or not) before the new requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015. Deciding what injuries or illnesses get recorded on the OSHA 300 log, and then properly r...
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