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New OSHA Recordkeeping Process

After many roll backs and talks of elimination, OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) website is now live. As many of you remember, this is the first year that we will have to directly submit the information off of our OSHA 300a, 300, 301 logs directly to OSHA via the ITA. The current deadline to submit is December 1st, 2017.

Topics: Safety / Compliance

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA originally set an enforcement date of June 23, but has delayed it to September 23 of this year. They delay is due to OSHA wanting "to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers", but it is likely this delay will lead to a cut of this potential new standard. So - what should employers do?

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

New FMCSA Investigative Techniques

The FMCSA recently announced that they are changing their process for performing compliance reviews. Specifically they referred to expanded interviews with members within the organization. Truth is - they have been doing this for a while, but recently completed all of the training and therefore made the announcement. Does this mean that compliance reviews have changed? 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

FMCSA Releases Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Final Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is establishing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs.   

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Anti-Retaliation Rule Has Taken Effect, December 1

Yesterday was the final day that the Texas lawsuit against the OSHA anti-retaliation and discrimination rule could have pushed off the rule to a later date. However, a judge denied the preliminary injunction that would have delayed the enforcement from taking effect as scheduled. As a result of this ruling. the final rule went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Topics: Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

FMCSA Compliance Doesn't Equal Safety Performance

In some trucking companies, the words safety and compliance are used interchangeably. The line that divides these two areas has been further blurred as focus has been placed on CSA numbers by federal regulators - but, don't be fooled by simply complying with the FMCSA to boost your safety performance. 

 

 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

New URS Regulations Ahead

On December 12, 2015 the Unified Registration System (URS) began its implementation process of retiring old systems and unifying the regulatory structure for the industry. The goal of this new system is to replace all of the FMCSA's current registration databases with one unified registration process that also acts as a main source of data. This system will be fully phased in by the April 14th, 2017 deadline and requires full compliance by all before then. 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Ask the Advisor: OSHA Law, WC Law, and Drug & Alcohol Policies

Recent changes to Wisconsin Worker's Compensation laws have garnered much confusion surrounding an employer's Drug & Alcohol Policy. And with the upcoming OSHA law going into effect on August 11, 2016, drug and alcohol testing following a work injury is going to get a lot trickier. Here are three questions commonly asked when discussing compliance in these areas. 

 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

What Pokémon GO Can Teach Your Business About Safety

The ability to toggle between the real world and the virtual world is an enticing part of the latest and greatest app, Pokémon GO. Augmented reality is growing in popularity in the world of tech, but it also poses numerous risks to users. Safety has been a major topic of conversation surrounding this new app - cautioning users to be alert when using the app and to also use common sense when in strange areas while on the hunt to catch em' all. But what can Pokémon GO teach your business about safety? More than you may think.

Topics: Safety / Compliance

Bring Safety to the Forefront During National Safety Month

Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on roads, and in our homes and communities. By bringing light to important issues that often get pushed aside or overlooked, employers are encouraged to join in the celebration by sharing important information with employees and discussing the importance of workplace safety. This year's theme is Safety: It takes all of us. Here are tips to placing safety in the hands of your employees and making your workplace a safer enviroment for your employees. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance