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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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New Mexico adopts Official Disability Guidelines

Following the lead of Texas, the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration has adopted the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) effective July 1, 2013. The intent is to encourage consistent use of the guidelines to expedite care and return to work, reduce utilization review costs and improve overall outcomes. The Work Loss Data […]

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Cancer linked to $7.5 billion in lost productivity

A study on cancer cost impacts in the U.S. workforce reinforces the value of employer-sponsored programs for the prevention and early detection of disease. Cancer is associated with 33 million disability days per year, amounting to $7.5 billion in lost productivity, according to a study published in the December edition of the Journal of Occupational […]

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Efforts to keep medically unfit, impaired commerical drivers off the road

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report on Selected Cases of Commercial Drivers with Potentially Disqualifying Impairments. The report describes controls designed to prevent medically unfit or impaired drivers from operating commercial vehicles and provides examples of impairments related to epilepsy, drugs or alcohol. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century […]

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States get conditional approval to operate health insurance exchanges

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that three more states are on track to establish health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, under the Affordable Care Act. HHS issued its first conditional approval of a State Partnership Exchange in Delaware, and it gave Minnesota and Rhode Island conditional approval to operate State-based Exchanges. […]

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‘Ready or Not’ for a public health emergency?

InReady or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, a report released yesterday, 35 states and Washington, D.C. scored a six or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness. The 10th annual report, issued by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that while there has been […]

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Whistleblower Protection Advisory panel named

In the federal government’s latest move to beef up protection for workers who report regulatory violations in the workplace, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has appointed 15 individuals to serve on a new Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. The panel will make recommendations on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency and transparency of whistleblower protection […]

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