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Follow California’s training lead to prevent workplace sexual harassment claims

December 05, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

In my home town in California, workplace sexual harassment allegations that came to light in November have shaken the sheriff’s department and rattled the community. The lurid “he said/she said” claims being publicly aired are familiar to many employers who have dealt with sexual harassment lawsuits.

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Topics: training, occupational health, industrial, risk management, employees, human resources

Protecting employees and the next generation from toxic exposures

October 16, 2013 - Posted by VeronicaTinney

Chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), formaldehyde, solvents and pesticides have been shown to impact the reproductive health of men and women who are exposed to them at work.

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Topics: training, wellness, occupational health, industrial, employee health, illness prevention, HAZMAT, GHS

NIOSH Director John Howard to present UL webinar on infectious disease, prevention and control

July 01, 2013 - Posted by Karen O'Hara

A recent blog post by my colleague Jonathan Jacobi about the appropriate use of humor in workplace safety training has me thinking about the application of humor in other situations, such as personal health crises, natural disasters and global pandemics.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, hospital, risk management, employees

Help your employees prevent a flu epidemic

January 11, 2013 - Posted by Todd Hohn

Lately, everywhere you turn, you hear another news report that this season’s flu virus appears to be more severe and widespread than in years past.

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Topics: training, occupational health, Featured, healthcare, employee health, illness prevention, absenteeism, workplace wellness

TASER dart update (or don’t TASE me, bro…)

July 27, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

I’ve been working on the issue of TASER darts, bloodborne pathogens and OSHA for a while now and wanted to share some updates. My most recent article on this topic is just out in The Journal, a periodical serving the law enforcement community.

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Topics: training, occupational health, OSHA, healthcare, illness prevention

Fireworks and oil

July 05, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

Last night, being the fourth of July, was about watching fireworks. In my county, the drought has forced a burn-ban that precluded any legal displays, so our shows were all in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room. I have to admit it was pretty nice on a 65-inch plasma. No crowds and plenty of hamburgers. One of the displays telecast live from above reminded me of what I was doing exactly two years ago that night.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, loss control, utilities, risk management

Remembering a chlorine derailment

June 28, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct all public and private resources to stop or prevent a release.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, injury prevention, EHS, transportation, risk management

DART rates and nursing homes

May 17, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses who, along with other staff, provide nursing and continuous personal care services.”

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, employee health, occupational safety, injury prevention, OSHA DART rate, absenteeism, workforce, employees, ergonomics, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Targeted for an OSHA inspection this year?

May 03, 2012 - Posted by Dr. Scott Harris

In a September 9, 2011 directive, Federal OSHA details their Site-Specific Targeting 2011 Inspection Plan. In short, if you fit the profile outlined in the 46-page directive, you should expect a comprehensive inspection this year. The program does not include construction worksites, and the eligibility threshold is changed from 40 employees to 20.

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Topics: training, compliance, occupational health, workplace safety, OSHA, healthcare, return to work, injury prevention, illness prevention, OSHA DART rate, workforce, OSHA recordkeeping, department of labor

Total quality management - was Deming right?

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Hal Morgan

Dr. W. Edward Deming authored Total Quality Management, which espoused a group approach to management. Applying his concepts meant that management would encourage employees to join in the process of continuous improvement. His methods helped Japan recover following WWII. In fact, he is still revered there as a business hero.

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Topics: training, occupational health, workplace safety, healthcare, occupational safety, safety culture