Safety and OSHA News

Court upholds OSHA’s General Duty Clause fines following horrific murder

In 2013, social worker Stephanie Ross conducted a risk assessment for a client with a history of violence. During the meeting, the client stabbed Ross to death. OSHA fined her employer, which contested the citations. A court just decided those fines were justified.  [Read more…]

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Fatal shooting focuses attention on workplace violence

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a serious injury or fatality to focus attention on a particular workplace hazard. That’s exactly what has happened following the fatal shooting of a doctor at a Veterans Affairs clinic in El Paso, Texas.  [Read more…]

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OSHA spells out when it will conduct workplace violence inspections

A new OSHA directive outlines the types of businesses and the reasons why inspectors will review a company’s workplace violence prevention efforts. [Read more…]

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State issues fines for violating swine flu standards

At least one state made good on threats to fine healthcare facilities if they didn’t protect their employees by following H1N1 flu standards. [Read more…]

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Fatigue: New state law bans mandatory OT for nurses

A new state law eliminates mandatory overtime for nurses at all healthcare facilities. It’s a matter of safety for the nurses — and patients. [Read more…]

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