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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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Taking steps to secure patient information in digital age

A new educational initiative launched this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides practical tips on ways to protect patients’ personal health information when using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. The initiative, Mobile Devices: Know the Risks. Take the Steps. Protect and Secure Health Information, offers resources […]

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Groups urge sustained OSHA, NIOSH funding

In a joint letter, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety Council urge Sen. Tom Harkin, chair of the Senate Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Subcommittee, to support stable funding levels for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health […]

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More healthcare personnel getting flu shots

Flu vaccination coverage among healthcare personnel (HCP) has improved nationally compared to previous years, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To date, the 2012 HCP flu vaccination rate is highest among pharmacists (88.7%), physicians (83.8%), nurses (81.5%), nurse practitioners/physician assistants (73.3%) and other clinical professionals (76.7%). The rate […]

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Flight attendants subject of injury reporting plan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has proposed a new policy that would allow flight attendants to report injuries and illnesses directly to OSHA for response and investigation. While the FAA’s aviation safety regulations would take precedence, it is proposing that OSHA be able to enforce certain […]

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Enrollment open for medical examiner test

Under new Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, physicians who perform commercial driver physical exams must complete training and take a test to become qualified medical examiners. On-line scheduling for the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners certification test begins today with the FMCSA’s first approved test delivery organization. The first date […]

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State hospital fined for patient assaults

In the latest reminder of the risk of violence in healthcare settings, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) last week cited and fined another governmental entity, Atascadero State Hospital, $27,675. The fine includes $27,000 for ongoing patient assaults and $450 for incomplete records from which inspectors said injured employees’ names had been […]

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