Starting at the beginning of 2018, the Department of Transportation will require that drug testing panels include four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone for “safety-sensitive” transportation workers. The change was announced in the Federal Register, effective January 1, 2018. Continue reading “DOT Drug Tests To Add Four Opiads To Requriement”
OSHA has said that its new requirement for companies to submit injury and illness reports electronically kicks in on December 1. But before we get into that, a quick question:
What is a leading cause of safety failures when we institute changes in the workplace? How about that we fail to communicate the changes to the people on the ground who actually have to implement them?
Keep that in mind as we look at the weird, convoluted path this new requirement is taking. Continue reading “Three Weeks Until Deadline for OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping…Or Not!”
Take a look at this video of a Florida office worker faking an injury to receive workers compensation.
If you are an employer video like this probably makes your blood boil. Given the cost of workers comp and workplace injury medical care, employers HATE having to spend money they shouldn’t have to. Continue reading “Hidden Weapon For Lowering Injury Costs – Try Being Nicer!”
Nine months into the new administration and there is still no one named to head OSHA. To no one’s surprise the sub-agency is not rushing to put out new regulations. That is certainly what industry safety professionals suspected, but career managers at OSHA came right out and said it last week. Continue reading “With No Permanent Boss, OSHA Slooooows Down”
We have lived under the same OSHA regulations on silica exposure for 45 years, but all that changes this weekend when the agency begins enforcing its new silica rules. The first phase will apply to the construction industry, with general industry, maritime and fracking operations falling into place next June.
I had not seen a good plain English guide for volunteers who come into a hurricane area to do recovery work, so I combined a lot of OSHA and industry tips into one document: Hurricane crew safety. I hope it is helpful.
Here in Houston, people are starting to put their lives back together. With more than 185,000 homes damaged on the Gulf Coast, recovery will take a while. Now Irma threatens to impact thousands of people in Florida.
How much of your company budget for workplace injuries is going to fix injuries that are misdiagnosed in the initial phase? A new study by a consulting group called “Best Doctors” estimates that more than 20% of on-the-job injuries may be misdiagnosed and that number climbs to 50% for the most expensive workers compensation case. All told, the group believes that American industry spends $15 billion a year on cases that were misdiagnosed. You can review the study here.
Here are a few of the ways that Best Doctors says misdiagnosis costs companies: Continue reading “Half Of Your Most Expensive Workers Comp Cases May Be Misdiagnosed!”
Summer is here. Are your crews ready? OSHA warns that heat is the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Here’s what the death rate looks like spread out over the country. Continue reading “Six Ways To Beat The Heat Before It Beats Your Crews”
The OSHA rule requiring companies to submit their injury and illness reports electronically was supposed to kick in at the end of this week, but with the online database for reporting still not released and mounting opposition, the agency has delayed implementation until December First at the least. Continue reading “OSHA Delays Electronic Reporting Rule For Five Months…Maybe More”
When many companies think about managing workplace injuries, they may think about OSHA reporting rules, light duty and avoiding litigation, but the real key to improving outcomes and holding down costs is to get inside the worker’s head, according to a new study.
A white paper looks at the RMS Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study for 2016, which asked companies to rank the biggest obstacles to improving claim outcomes. The number one obstacle wasn’t lawsuits, return-to-work problems or late reporting of injuries (although those were high on the list). The top problem was addressing what the study calls “Psychosocial Roadblocks.” Continue reading “Why Getting In Workers’ Heads May Be Key to Reducing Injury Impact”