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OSHA turns 50 this year

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with a yearlong celebration of past successes and current initiatives.

Cal/OSHA now requires more and faster injury reporting

Recent changes to the Labor Code now require more workplace injuries to be reported to Cal/OSHA, and require serious injuries to be reported within eight hours. The changes went into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Workers’ comp model could curb opioid crisis

Abuse of prescription opioids has been cited as one of the leading factors in a recent decline in the life expectancy of working-age Americans. Now a federal program seeks to limit addiction by controlling how much medication injured federal government employees are allowed to receive.

OSHA set record for workplace inspections in FY2019

OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections—more than in the previous three years—addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica and other hazards.

DOL promotes worker safety, pay during holiday season

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its Wage and Hour Division have issued a reminder to employers this holiday season: Protect your employees and pay them fairly this holiday season.

Take proactive steps to deal with threat of workplace violence

Employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from harm at work, and that includes keeping them safe from the threat of violence in the workplace.

OSHA steamed over burned Queen City, Georgia employee

A Georgia company faces $211,400 in fines after an employee suffered serious burns from a steam pipe.

Amputated finger points to several OSHA violations

In all, OSHA cited the employer for 17 violations and fines totaling $287,212. The amputation was just the tip of the workplace safety iceberg.

Study: Workplace bullying also harms safety, health

Bullying bosses can crush morale. But a new Portland State University study says employees’ responses can lead to more work accidents and injuries.

Manage legal risks of telecommuter workforce

Before embracing remote work as an option in your organization, know what you’re getting into. You’ll need to manage three kinds of telecommuting risks: workplace safety, time tracking and compliance with local laws.