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OSHA reports violations at Hoover Dam plant

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) found 50 alleged serious and eight repeat safety and health violations during a comprehensive investigation at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, the agency announced in a press release. The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, which maintains and […]

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Workplace health promotion has potential to reduce annual medical costs 18%, study shows

Workplace health promotion programs have the potential to reduce average worker health costs by 18 percent, and even more for older workers, according to a study published in the January edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Jonathan Dugas, Ph.D., and colleagues with The Vitality Group, Chicago, combined data from two major studies […]

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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigns

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis submitted her resignation to President Obama this week. Solis was confirmed to the post in February 2009. Under her direction, the Department of Labor has significantly stepped up its regulatory and enforcement activities, particularly in the areas of wage and hour, worker misclassification and whistleblower protection. According to her resignation […]

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Flu spreading across the U.S.

Influenza activity is high across most of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection’s latest FluView report. The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high […]

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OSHA targeted inspections in effect for 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) annually updated Site-Specific Targeting Program aimed at workplaces that experience the nation’s highest injury and illness rates went into effect on Jan. 4. The program is based on a survey of about 80,000 organizations in selected high-hazard industries. New this year: the agency will be conducting a study […]

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OSHA posts results of Sandy industrial hygiene sampling

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted results of its initial industrial hygiene sampling of locations in New York and New Jersey where recovery work in connection with Hurricane Sandy is being performed. The sampling measures potential or actual employee exposure to health hazards. While some contaminants were present, such as carbon monoxide, […]

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Guardian Life acquires Reed Group

Reed Group, a leader in absence management services, has been acquired by the Guardian Life Insurance Co. Reed Group will operate as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian, retain its name and continue to serve all of its customers as it does today, company officials said. Reed Group, based in Westminster, Colo., helps its […]

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