Safety and HR Lessons from Movies – First Man.

This is the first in a series of periodic Posts dealing with lessons in employee relations, supervision, safety, and management that we can learn from popular movies. This post focuses on the recent Apollo 11 movie, First Man, which shows the effects of loss, such as death of a coworker, on employees, and how poorly…

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Indiana Considers $100,000 Fine for Workplace Fatalities

Indiana GOP lawmaker and Chamber of Commerce join forces to support a bill to require a penalty for workplace fatalities of $100,000 per employee killed.  House Bill 1341, authored by GOP lawmaker Martin Carbaugh, was filed on January 14, 2019.  The The new bill reads: “If an employer willfully violates any standard, rule, order, or this chapter…

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Who is CAOHC, and why this agency matters to you?

The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation’s (CAOHC) main objective is to provide education, information and guidance to industry and those serving industry regarding the successful implementation of an occupational hearing conservation program. It seeks to prevent occupational hearing loss. What monitoring is required? The hearing conservation program requires employers to monitor noise exposure…

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Why Conduct Employment Exams?

Organizations are increasingly adding employment exams to their occupational health programs. Employment exams, which can be performed prior to job offer, if there are physical requirements or post-offer. These exams help employers ensure potential employees can perform the essential functions of the positions for which they are hired and whether a reasonable accommodation may be…

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What’s Next Now that OSHA Rescinded Part of the Electronic RecordkeepingRequirements?

Employers are pleased with today’s Final Rule eliminating some of the more burdensome electronic submission requirements for workplace injuries and illness data, but now employers need to meet the existing dates for completion and posting of data, as well as electronic submission of 300A Summary information. But what about states who have not yet adopted Fed-OSHA’s…

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Are you using a certified collector for your drug screen?

The Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR 40) and general industry consensus has determined the need for a program providing collection personnel with the training to become proficient in urine specimen collection for drug testing in the workplace. Such a program will aim to ensure that the collection is performed in a professional and consistent…

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Five trends in wellness incentives

Employers want return of investment for their wellness programs. They want to know what incentive dollars are really being used for. Here are five trends to look for in wellness incentives. 1. Personalization of incentives The idea of incentivizing people to participate in wellness programs is one of the few to be embraced with equal…

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Job Stress Worsens Employees’ Health

A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine evaluated this among workers in the Detroit area, which was hit hard in the recent recession. Workers who believe their jobs are not secure are more likely to rate themselves in poor health and have increased symptoms of anxiety and…

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