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OSHA's Final Rule for Silica

Guest post from Peter Sfraga, Zack Academy 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 estimates the final rule will save 600 lives and pr...

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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

What is ISO 45001? In 2013, the International Labour Organization reported that there were 2.34 million deaths worldwide that were a result of work activities.  A vast majority of those fatalities were work-related illnesses (at 2 million). ISO 45001 is a standard that is under de...

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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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OSHA Delays Electronic Reporting Submittal Requirement

Initially, OSHA’s rule on submitting injury and illness records electronically had a compliance deadline for certain employers of July 1, 2017. However, according to the OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements webpage, they are not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness...

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Outdoor Worker Safety During Tick Season

This season is forecasted to be a terrible season for Lyme disease in Massachusetts, and there has been a confirmed case of the rare but dangerous disease Powassan Virus on Cape Cod within the last year. Prevent Tick Bites For some workers, it would be very difficult to avoid the areas...

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OSHA Cites Massachusetts Contractor in Scaffold Collapse

Two contractors operating as a single employer at a worksite in Massachusetts, had a serious accident and subsequent citation from OSHA, when at least two crew members of the company fell from a wooden plank on a scaffold. OSHA investigated and found that the wooden plank they were standing ...

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