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Ohio BWC Dropping Coverage of Oxycontin

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will no longer pay for Oxycontin or generic sustained-release oxycodone tablets for workers who suffer on-the-job injuries on or after June 1, 2019. Injured workers who are currently on those medications will have until Dec. 31 to discontinue their use or switch to a different product on the state agency's formulary.

Former Bus Company President Sentenced in Fraud Case

Xiu Cheng Zheng (Ah Sen), former president and officer of multiple bus companies, was sentenced May 28 in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., to 10 months' imprisonment, 12 months' supervised release, $600 in fines and fees, and to forfeit $1,492,633.

PG&E Expanding Wildfire Detection Network

By the end of 2019, PG&E plans to have at least 600 weather stations and 100 high-definition cameras in high fire-threat areas.



Live from Safety 2019

This year's Safety 2019 Professional Development Conference & Exposition is less than a week away! You can follow all the action from the show floor by visiting our Live From Safety 2019 social zone at https://ohsonline.com/live.

OSHA in Safety Partnership at Montana Hospital Project

The goal of the partnership is to prevent injuries and exposure to hazards during construction of the 110,500-square-foot addition. The project includes three buildings, an intensive care unit, a patient care tower, and administrative departments.

New Orleans Officials Get Hurricane Preparedness Training

"We are always looking for ways to strengthen our relationships with the local agencies we serve," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. "A full evacuation of New Orleans involves several agencies and several moving parts. It is important to test those types of activities before you face an actual emergency."

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues New Recommendations

"We need help from policy makers to ensure that more people have access to treatment. Physicians are responding to the epidemic and we are seeing results: a reduction in opioid prescribing of 33 percent since 2013, increased use of prescription drug monitoring programs, enhanced education, and greater co-prescribing of naloxone," said AMA President-elect Dr. Patrice A. Harris, who is the task force's chair. "But we cannot enforce parity laws or eliminate administrative barriers without the help of state and federal authorities, and that's what is limiting treatment now."

Canadian Government Launches Flexible Workplaces Pilot Program

"GCcoworking will build a more accessible, efficient, flexible, and modern public service to better serve Canadians," said Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough. "The GCcoworking locations outside of the downtown core will help reduce long commutes to centralized locations, contributing to both a positive work-life balance and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."

OSHA Heavily Fines Tire Manufacturer

OSHA launched the follow-up inspection of the tire manufacturer after the agency did not receive abatement documents regarding a June 2017 inspection and citations. OSHA has now placed Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Army Corps of Engineers Stresses Water Safety

The public's help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the more than 2,800 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide, according to USACE's eve-of-summer reminder.

NRC to Host Webinar on Pennsylvania Plants' 2018 Performance

The purpose of the webinar is to provide information on the plants' safety performance in 2018 and NRC's oversight activities at the facilities.

FAA Reports 312 Boeing Planes May Contain Suspect Parts

The FAA's June 2 statement says that, following an investigation conducted by Boeing and the FAA Certificate Management Office, the FAA has determined that up to 148 parts manufactured by a Boeing sub-tier supplier are affected.

Standardize Your Lockout Tagout Program in 6 Steps

Standardize Your Lockout Tagout Program in 6 Steps

Lockout tagout compliance continues to appear on OSHA’s Top 10 Cited Standards list year after year.

Heed These Summer Recreation Safety Tips for National Safety Month

June is the official start of summer and a good opportunity to consider summer safety.

NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast during maintenance and construction in industrial plants.

Creating Efficient Lockout/Tagout Training That Adheres to NFPA 70E

When it comes to LOTO training to follow the NFPA 70E standard, three types of employees need to be covered.

We need a live body at the front of the room who can influence people positively, or someone on camera who can come across equally convincingly on the screen.

Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change

They're not the same, but it's all called training. . . .

When compared to other regulated hazardous substances, crystalline silica has an alarming percent of positive exposure assessments.

OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards: New Solution to a Very Old Problem

Virtually all portions and requirements of OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards are now in effect and enforceable, so immediate compliance is imperative.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Safety Knowledge and Networking in New Orleans

One of the highlights is a June 12 panel discussion on how increased use and legalization of marijuana affect companies' efforts to maintain drug-free workplaces.

Younger workers are more receptive to health and safety recognition/rewards programs and more likely to believe that, given the large percentage of our lives we spend working, we should be able to pursue a healthier lifestyle both at work and on our own time.

Keeping Them Healthy is Keeping Them Safe

Having a highly engaged workforce should be the goal of every department in a company. Engaged employees are simply far more likely to work harder, smarter, and safer.

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Eyes on the Prize: No Injuries

Workers in a wide variety of industries depend on vision protection that complies with ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015, American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices.

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What Good Looks Like: Making the Case for Leading Indicators

It is not the adoption of leading indicators or the collection of leading indicators that leads to improvement, it is the actions taken with the information that determine success.

Fabric dispersion systems are used in a variety of industries that require precise air flow. (Rite-Hite photo)

Controlling Climate and Managing Heat Stress

HVLS fans, fabric diffusers, and curtain walls provide temperature control solutions.

With a deeper level of knowledge available through seamless connectivity, increased efficiencies are created regarding maintenance schedules for industrial devices. (Leviton photo)

Improving Electrical Safety in Industrial Environments Through Enhanced Technology Capabilities

For both predictive and prescriptive maintenance plans in industrial and manufacturing environments, IIoT technology is an important advancement.

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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Tracking OSHA's shifting position regarding safety incentive programs.

Preferably, have an outsider perform the audit or someone who is somewhat familiar with your program and can ask questions that may cause you to have to think—why do we do it this way?

The Value of a Medical Review Officer

Of all the service agents involved in the testing process, the MRO bears the most significant responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of the testing process.

The vertical flame test shows a glove made of Kevlar not igniting or burning, while a glove made with HPPE ignites and continues to burn during a 12-second testing time. (DuPont Nomex photo)

More Choices, More Challenges for Choosing Hand Protection

Choices in hand protection have grown significantly during the past 30 years.

All batteries, regardless of the type, discharge over time and need to be replaced or recharged.

Imagining a World with All the AEDs We Need

In a world with more AEDs, setting up and running a thoughtfully designed, well-prepared, and high-performance AED program is a very attainable goal.

The trend toward relaxing drug policies stems from a tendency to view some substances as more or less harmful than others. The reality is, any impairment of any kind is unsafe.

Drugs and Workplace Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have found that employees who suffer from drug or alcohol dependency are nearly three times more likely to either cause or personally experience an injury-related absence from work.

Fall Prevention: Compliance is Not a Control

The key ingredient when working at heights is to not start work until it is safe to do so and create a workplace where your employees feel free to speak up if they feel the right controls are not in place.

Two methods to help contain treatment costs are to field-manage the water quality and to supervise the concentrations of the downhole chem used.

Four Steps to Quickly Evaluate Produced Water Reuse Option Viability

After it has been determined what waste water reuse options are physically possible and affordable, the viability determination isn't over until the regulatory, environmental, and social impacts have been determined.

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