Do You Need a Cell Phone Policy in Your Workplace? [Video Blog]

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

It's likely that most, if not all, of your employees bring a personal cell phone to the office. Determining when it is acceptable for your employees to use their personal cell phones in the workplace, and when it is not, requires a careful balancing act.

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Crowd Management Safety Guidelines for Retailers

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 3:30:00 PM

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing their workers with safe and healthy workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has prepared a number of guidelines to help employers and store owners avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season, or other events where large crowds may gather. Highlights include the following:

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Contract Worker Safety—What Employers Should Know

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 7:30:00 AM

As a host employer for contract workers, if you thought that you didn't have to worry about safety issues, think again. OSHA (the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recently announced that it is increasing its vigilance with regard to temporary worker safety in a memorandum released in April. The agency stated in the memorandum that, "Given the number of temporary workers and the recent high profile fatal incidents, the agency is making a concerted effort using enforcement, outreach and training to assure that temporary workers are protected from workplace hazards." 

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How to Prevent Workplace Injuries and Protect Your Employees

Posted on May 10, 2013 7:30:00 AM

Workplace injuries are an unfortunate reality—well over a million injuries occur each year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To minimize the incidence of workplace injury due to dangerous working conditions, the federal government passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act). The OSH Act requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. The Act also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards.

Key Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA 

OSHA regulations protect employees and employers alike from the injuries, lost wages and productivity and, ultimately, the potential litigation surrounding unsafe work conditions. OSHA has outlined a set of employer responsibilities, which dictates that employers must:

  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act.
  • Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards.
  • Make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.Workplace Safety
  • Use color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards.
  • Establish or update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements.
  • Provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
  • For employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace, develop and implement a written hazard communication program and train employees on the hazards they are exposed to and proper precautions (a copy of safety data sheets also must be readily available).
    • Provide medical examinations and training when required by OSHA standards.
  • Post, at a prominent location within the workplace, the OSHA poster (or the state-plan equivalent) informing employees of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Report to the nearest OSHA office within 8 hours any fatal accident or one that results in the hospitalization of three or more employees.
  • Keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses (employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from this requirement).
  • Provide employees, former employees and their representatives access to the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300), and post the summary of the OSHA log of injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) on February 1, and for three months.
  • Provide access to employee medical records and exposure records to employees or their authorized representatives.
  • Provide to the OSHA compliance officer the names of authorized employee representatives who may be asked to accompany the compliance officer during an inspection.
  • Not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights under the Act.
  • Post OSHA citations at or near the work area involved. Each citation must remain posted until the violation has been corrected, or for three working days, whichever is longer. Post abatement verification documents or tags.
  • Correct cited violations by the deadline set in the OSHA citation and submit required abatement verification documentation.
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10 Cold Weather Safety Tips for Employees and Employers

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 7:30:00 AM

Winter is in full swing and many regions are experiencing frigid temperatures. The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) encourages employers and employees to take necessary precautions to prevent and treat cold-related health problems.

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Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Office holiday parties can build morale, offer opportunities for more casual interactions among workers, and reward employees for a productive year—but did you know they can also be a source of liability for your company?


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3 Employee Pay and Attendance Issues When Bad Weather Strikes

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Many employers wonder about their responsibilities when it comes to office closures and employee attendance and pay. Weather-related emergencies can occur at any time, and with winter approaching, now is a good time to review your company's policies and make sure you're in compliance with the law.

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What Employers Need to Know About Texting and Driving

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 7:30:00 AM

This week is Drive Safely Work Week. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of worker fatalities year after year, and distracted driving dramatically increases the risk of such crashes.

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Dress Codes in the Workplace—4 Do's and Don'ts for Employers

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 7:30:00 AM

Workplace dress codes have relaxed over the past few decades, leaving some employers unsure about how to set dress standards that are both in line with the company image and in compliance with the law. While federal law generally allows employers to establish dress codes which apply to all employees or to employees within certain job categories, there are some general parameters employers must work within.

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Protecting Employees from Workplace Violence

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 7:30:00 AM

As recent incidents have shown, workplace violence can strike anywhere and at any time. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. While nothing can guarantee that an employee will not become a victim, there are steps employers can take to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence.

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