Study identifies attributes of successful joint health and safety committees

A newly published study offers findings on attributes that make joint health and safety committees most effective when spanning various sectors including employers, government and organized labor. They include: • adequate information, education and training • appropriate committee composition • senior management commitment • a clear mandate with a broad scope and corresponding empowerment through […]

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University of Wisconsin Hospital receives prevention award for reducing healthcare-associated infections

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) received the 2013 Partnership in Prevention Award today for successfully reducing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates. The prestigious award is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The […]

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Joplin tornado report contains recommendations to improve response, save lives, reduce property damage

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths, property damage and costs caused by tornadoes, according to findings from a two-year technical investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the impacts of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck […]

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OSHA rule change designed to ease employers’ mechanical power press paperwork burden

The U.S. Department of Labor introduced four rules this week to update or rescind obsolete regulations and requirements. One of the rules eliminates an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for employers to document mandatory weekly inspections of mechanical power presses and clarifies their inspection responsibilities. Removing weekly power press inspection and test certifications […]

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New guide aimed at protecting employee safety, health in culturally diverse workplaces

Work Safe: An Employer’s Guide to Safety and Health in a Diversified Workforce was released today in preparation for its launch tomorrow at the annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Conference in Las Vegas. The guide, compiled by Peter Rousmaniere, a risk and insurance industry consultant and nationally known writer, features advice from more […]

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California Supreme Court decision considered victory for injured workers

The California Supreme Court yesterday upheld a lower court decision allowing an injured worker to submit findings from a doctor she retained outside of her employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN) in a case involving a disability determination. The ruling in the case of Valdez vs. Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Warehouse Demo Services is considered […]

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