Roy Maurer

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  • Fri, 12/27/2013 - 12:06

    Thousands of accidents occur in workplaces throughout the United States every day. Conducting witness interviews at the scene of an accident is a crucial part of the investigatory process, as these accounts provide important information that can help explain what caused the accident.

    When accidents are investigated, the emphasis should be on finding the root cause, not on finding fault, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safety & Health Program Management Guidelines.

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  • Wed, 12/04/2013 - 11:25

    You may have fire extinguishers around your workplace, used to control or extinguish fires that are small or have just begun. But did you know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prohibits employees from using this tool unless they’ve had training?

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  • Mon, 10/14/2013 - 17:42

    The majority of workplace safety investigations ground to a halt beginning Oct. 1, 2013, because of the federal government shutdown of all but essential operations.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) furloughed more than 90 percent of its personnel and suspended most of its operations, according to OSHA’s Shutdown Contingency Plan, which was approved by the Department of Labor on Sept. 16.

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  • Tue, 09/10/2013 - 11:05

    Is your company in compliance with the new hazard communication standard requiring employee training to be completed within the next three months?

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans on fully implementing the revised standard by June 1, 2016. However, by Dec. 1, 2013, employers are expected to have trained workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet (SDS) formats required under the standard.

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  • Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:54

    Establishing workplace-safety committees is one way management can encourage employees to participate in implementing and monitoring the company’s safety program. 

    Typical responsibilities of workplace-safety committees include:

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  • Mon, 08/05/2013 - 10:18

    An employer did not discriminate against an alcoholic worker by suspending her for being drunk at work and ordering her to remain alcohol- and drug-free for one year, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Clifford v. Rockland Cnty., (2d Cir., No. 12-3083).

    The 2nd Circuit affirmed that special conditions imposed on employees identified as substance abusers are not grounds for discrimination and retaliation claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).

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  • Fri, 08/02/2013 - 10:11

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that employees will receive direct notification via email -- at the same time employers are notified -- when their case results in a tentative nonconfirmation (TNC) through the E-Verify system.

    E-Verify has been updated to align with the latest revision of Form I-9, which includes an optional field in Section 1 for employees to provide an e-mail address.

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  • Wed, 07/10/2013 - 09:51

    Is there a clear way out of your building in case of an emergency? Do you know where all the exits are in case your first choice is blocked or too crowded?

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a national memorandum on exit routes, directing inspectors to carefully examine whether employers have provided and maintained an adequate means of exit from work areas, the agency announced on June 17, 2013.

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  • Wed, 06/19/2013 - 10:35

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employers establish a heat-related-illness prevention program that includes advising workers to drink plenty of water and acclimatize to weather conditions and providing them with schedules that alternate between work and rest breaks. 

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  • Fri, 06/14/2013 - 18:24

    With hurricane season officially starting June 1, 2013, now is the time to make important decisions to help keep your family, business and property safe.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic hurricane season outlook, there is a 70 percent chance of 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 of which could become hurricanes and three to six potential major hurricanes. This forecast exceeds the seasonal average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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