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Developing Safety Champions

Normally when we think about our “safety leaders,” we think of people who have been selected to be the safety spokesperson to represent the company’s programs, policies, procedures, or goals. We then designate these people titles such as safety director, safety manager, or something similar that identifies them as the safety go-to person. In other instances, we expect other members of a company’s management team to be the safety leader, but usually safety becomes a side-bar to their normal duties.

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Arc Energy Reduction Considerations

Protecting workers from the hazards of electric shock has been understood for decades. Recently though, more attention has been given to the role electrical equipment can play in minimizing arc flash hazards. The energy exposure of an arc flash incident can be significantly reduced when attention is given to the type of equipment specified and where it is installed in an electrical system.

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What You Need to Know About OSHA's New Silica Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a new rule that will better protect workers from the harmful effects of breathing respirable crystalline silica dust. Prevalent at certain workplaces, including construction sites and foundries, the dust can lead to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease.

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How to Handle an OSHA Investigation

Every company cares about safety and health in the workplace and want their employees to remain healthy. In an effort to protect their employees, companies invest substantial time, effort, and money in trying to create safe and healthy work environments. They would do this without regard to government regulation. Managing compliance with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, however, is an indispensable part of managing safety in this day and age.

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OSHA and Department of Justice Double Teaming Employers

On December 17, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) formally agreed to “double team” employers to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations. While they have worked together in the past, this is now a formal arrangement that employers should be very concerned about. While facing OSHA is bad enough, it’s a walk in the park compared to tangling with the DOJ.

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Blacklisting Regulation in Final Stages; House Committee Approves Limiting Its Impact

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule that implements President Obama’s Executive Order 13673 (EO 13673), Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (a.k.a. "Blacklisting"), is currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is typically the last stage before a rule goes final...

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Resolution Introduced in Congress to Revoke ‘Persuader’ Rule

In late April, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) introduced a resolution (H.J. Res. 87) under the Congressional Review Act to block the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule expanding the “advice exemption,” which triggers reporting requirements to the DOL to include businesses that hire outside counsel to advise senior executives on labor relations and other workplace issues...

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Final Overtime Regulations Expected Soon

The final release of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations governing the “white collar” exemption for overtime pay will likely be released before the end of the month...

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IEC Comments on Paid Sick Leave Rule for Federal Contractors

Last month, IEC submitted comments to the Department of Labor on a proposed rule that implements President Obama’s Executive Order 13706...

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Department of Labor Announces New $90M Investment in Apprenticeship

On April 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Obama Administration’s latest step to increase access to apprenticeship through the use of the $90 million provided in 2015’s year-end omnibus spending bill...

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