The Well Workplace

Slips, trips and falls prevention with pre-hire testing can trump any new regulation

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Feb 14, 2017 1:44:51 PM

In November 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating Walking-Working Surfaces standards, with a focus on slips, trips and falls hazards. The rule, which OSHA estimates will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually, is not expected to become a target of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress as part of their pledge to “eliminate unnecessary regulations,” according to industry experts.

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New OSHA Regulations for 2017: What do they really mean for employers?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jan 17, 2017 11:28:46 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued several new regulations in the last months of 2016, set to go into effect in January 2017. Since they were announced, the regulations have been subject to more than a little misinterpretation and confusion. Many employers are left wondering, for example, if they can still drug test employees who are injured on the job (they can). We share the following information, of course, with the understanding that the incoming Trump administration’s staunch anti-regulation stance may change things after the inauguration.

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OSHA Recordkeeping – New Rules You Need to Know

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Sep 28, 2016 10:09:16 AM

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) passed down a final rule to revise workplace injury recordkeeping practices in an effort to improve safety for U.S. workers.

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First Aid and OSHA Recordables, a Follow-up: Can Workplace Exercise Qualify as Recordable Medical Treatment?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Some time ago we presented a post on first aid and OSHA recordable injuries in the workplace, and since we've received a great deal of feedback on that post, we thought some follow-up would be in order. One particular issue mentioned in that piece that sparked a fair bit of feedback was workplace exercise, which, in some circumstances, can be considered physical therapy under OSHA regulations. Here we'll clarify that issue, helping employers understand when, according to OSHA, workplace stretching or other exercises can cross the line from first aid to OSHA recordable medical treatment.OSHA classifies any on-the-job injury or illness as a recordable event if it requires medical treatment beyond first aid. Under OSHA guidelines, exercises tailored to address specific employee complaints are considered medical treatment that goes beyond first aid. So does that mean that workplace stretching and/or exercise programs designed to aid in preventing such complaints are off-limits? Not at all – provided you take care to keep your program on the right side of that first aid/recordables line.

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What's the OSHA Difference?: First Aid Incidents vs. Recordable Incidents

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Dec 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

OSHA regulations require employers to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses. If you're a covered employer, you should be familiar with the OSHA 300 Log in which those records must be kept. However, deciding which on-the-job incidents are recordable and which are not can be confusing – and getting it wrong can cost businesses dearly in penalties and frustration.

How, then, should employers make accurate determinations as to what constitutes a first-aid injury and what is a recordable incident?

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Repeat Offenders: 10 of OSHA's Most Frequently Cited Standards

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you, like most employers, put a great deal of time and effort into workplace safety to protect your workers, knowing where the most common risks lie is important. A quick review of 10 OSHA standards for which employers are most frequently cited will give you an idea of hazards that merit special attention in the workplace.

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