Safety and OSHA News

How do new marijuana laws affect workplace safety?

Voters in two states have approved the legalization of small amounts of recreational marijuana. Also, 17 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical pot. Does this require changes in companies’ workplace drug policies? [Read more…]

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Company tested all workers for legal drugs: $750K settlement

With all the reports about increasing use of painkillers, such as opioids, it’s no wonder some companies are testing employees for the legal substances for safety reasons. But, as this case shows, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. [Read more…]

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Safety News Summary for Sept. 17, 2012

An incident in India shows what can go wrong when safety regulations aren’t enforced; a company has to pay $750K for an overly aggressive drug-testing program; more about drug overdoses and workers’ comp; find out whether you need a workplace violence policy; and ASSE supports VPP changes. It’s all in this week’s Safety News Summary. [Read more…]

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Top 9 states for methamphetamine use

Last decade, positive drug tests among U.S. workers for methamphetamine had started to drop. That trend may be reversing, with positive rates dramatically higher in some states compared to others. [Read more…]

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Recent testing reveals more employee heroin use

As the drug-testing industry has developed more tamper-proof sampling methods, positive results for employee drug use have gone up. [Read more…]

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Prescribed drugs: What can companies do about this safety hazard?

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Scenario: One of your employees is taking a legally prescribed medication and works with machinery that has the potential to maim or kill. The label on the medication warns against driving or operating machinery while taking the drug. What do you do? [Read more…]

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Now more employees have to be watched while urinating for drug tests

The Transportation Department will require direct observation collections for all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests for transportation workers in safety-sensitive jobs. [Read more…]

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