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Onsite Drug Screening for Construction in MA, NH & RI

by Meg Whynot-Young   United Alliance Services is excited to provide onsite drug testing for our construction clients, along with a number of other onsite health and wellness services. Many of our clients who are working on projects with OCIP and CCIP insurance programs are requi...

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Planned Power Plant Outages: Hiring the Right Safety Personnel

By Meg Whynot-Young The coordination of work for a planned outage at a power plant is a major undertaking. Knowing you have the right personnel on board for the length of the shutdown is key, but can be one of the major difficulties that power plant managers face. During shutdowns, the...

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Construction Safety Managers Specialized in Railroad Construction in MA, RI, NH and CT

Major construction projects, such as the Green Line Extension Project (GLX) for the MBTA often require onsite safety staffing. Using a professional safety company like UASC allows the owner, general contractor, and subcontractors an objective analysis of job hazards and safety compliance on ...

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OSHA's Final Rule for Silica

Guest post from Peter Sfraga, Zack Academy Update: 10/19/2017 View OSHA's Memorandum OSHA announced a final rule on worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica, which can cause lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. OSHA estima...

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Important Certifications for Disaster Site Workers

Disaster site workers, also known as response and recovery workers, are exposed to all kinds of hazards and work in an ever-changing environment.  After natural disasters like hurricanes, infrastructure systems can be damaged or destroyed, creating hazards like flooding, downed live ele...

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ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety On its Way to Publication

By Meg Whynot-Young Update 10/3/2017: There has been a a final approval stage (FDIS) slotted for November 2017, pushing the scheduled publication date back to March 2018. What is ISO 45001? In 2013, the International Labour Organization reported that there were 2.34 million deaths w...

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Trump Administration Withdraws Many Regulatory Items from OSHA’s 2017 Spring Agenda

In addition to withdrawing the Volks rule, the Trump administration has decided to withdraw many rules that were on the OSHA’s 2017 spring agenda, like the Combustible Dust rule, which was already drafted. The 2017 spring regulatory agenda was released on July 20, 2017. The Walking Workin...

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OSHA’s Online Injury Tracking Application Available August 1

The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is going to be available for employers to begin using August 1, 2017. There was some delay in getting the ITA up and running.  Back in June, OSHA announced that the ITA was not going to be ready for the proposed July 1, 2017 compliance deadline. ...

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Marijuana and Reasonable Suspicion for Massachusetts Employers

With the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, many of our clients have asked us how it applies to their drug policies and reasonable suspicion training. Marijuana can be treated similarly to alcohol in these circumstances. While an employee who is over 21 years of age may use mar...

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OSHA Changes its Policy on Monorail Hoists in Construction

OSHA works closely with industry leaders and stakeholders to develop standards that not only keep employees safe in the workplace, but also make sense to the work at hand. In this instance, OSHA has responded to input from stakeholders in the construction industry with regard to monorail ...

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