OSHA published the new regulations earlier this year, but delayed implementation because of confusion over the rules and a pending legal challenge. The deadline for the rule to take effect was December 1st. That was in doubt because a number of business groups sued and filed for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented OSHA from
Let’s get this over with quickly. What will OSHA be like under a Trump Administration? The answer is I don’t know. No one knows. Probably Donald Trump doesn’t know. A new administration has about 4,000 jobs to fill and neither the campaign or the transition has involved much of a focus on OSHA or workplace safety.
Every time we turn around, someone is pitching a new and improved approach to safety. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that newest isn’t necessarily best. An example of that has been making the rounds on the internet lately. It shows an Amish farmer using his horses to pull a truck out of a
Our Apps may be killing us; at least that is the gist of an article in the New York Times about the relationship between phone Apps and traffic fatalities. For example, in Tampa last month, a teenage girl was using Snapchat to video the driver of the car she was in as he wound the
New rules are out on fall protection and slips, trips and falls. Employers have just two months to come into compliance. OSHA has been working on an update to the regulations governing walking/working surfaces, fall protection for General Industry and today the agency published a 500+ page final rule that lays out the changes. It goes
Ran across a pretty fascinating video describing a project by Google and Johnson & Johnson to test Google Glass in the workplace. As you may recall, in 2013 Google started selling a computer optical display that could hook onto glasses, only to stop production at the beginning of 2015. According to the website Statista.com, a poll
The two biggest questions when it comes to occupational medicine and workers comp are: Who is covered? What are they covered for? Right now those questions can be boiled down to two words, Zika and Uber. Let’s look at what is covered first. There is a lot of concern right now over the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
I’ve been at the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) conference this week and one of the hot topics is drug use. It is a topic you hear about a lot in workplace health and safety, but opioid use and abuse is especially important in Louisiana, which leads the nation in the number of pills
A few years ago I did some work helping a small manufacturing company comply with safety rules. They did not have a full time safety person and they heeded help complying with government and customer requirements. They had had one serious incident in 10 years, a fire in the shop area, and the owner grabbed a
Last month I posted something about what companies need to to do to prepare for the upturn in the oil and gas sector. It generated more interest than probably any post I have submitted in the past and probably with good reason. So I thought I should return to the topic with a deeper dive