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Commentary – June Safety Newsletter Off the Job Fatal Injuries by Dwayne Towles In a few months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release their preliminary work-related fatality data for 2013. In April, they released a revised count of 4,628 … Continue reading

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by Jonathan Brown Leading Indicators (LI) in the field of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) are a recognized best practice in EHS management. When you are dealing with remote or field employees though, identifying LIs can be a major problem. … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles I was recently made aware of a presentation conducted by an insurance company “safety expert” where he was touting an incentive program which offered additional cash incentives to employees for going a certain amount of days without … Continue reading

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Commentary by Dwayne Towles Because we have several safety positions open, I’ve been screening a lot of resumes lately.  It always amazes me how many people put (in some way, shape, or form) “OSHA Certified” in their resume.  Here are … Continue reading

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The other day I stumbled upon a recent article in The Huffington Post (I know, I know) by a young man by the name of Matt Madia titled: “Obama’s Regulatory Enforcement Shows That Government Can Play a Positive Role”.  It … Continue reading

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by Dwayne Towles Employers be warned! OSHA is scrutinizing safety incentive programs.  Dr. Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor in charge of OSHA, has set his sights on safety incentive plans that could be seen as discouraging workers to report … Continue reading

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A few weeks ago, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.  Michaels stated in his speech: “Safe jobs exist only when employers have adequate incentives to comply with … Continue reading

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I often hear the horror stories of OSHA experiences. Some are determined to be embellishments of an actual experience, but others justify certain levels of outrage and frustration.  I receive a monthly publication listing the results of OSHA inspections conducted in the state of … Continue reading

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Acting Secretary of OSHA made a speech today at the Committee of Education and Labor House of Representatives conveying that he believes State Plan OSHA programs need more oversight and need to follow more closely with what Federal OSHA does. Twenty-seven (27) … Continue reading

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I am starting to feel like a broken record, and there is probably more than one person out there thinking I am the “Little Boy Who Cried Wolf.” But people I am telling you, I am watching OSHA grow longer … Continue reading

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