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OSHA has released its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting Program (SST). Will your establishment be the target of one of these inspections?
Intended to focus enforcement resources on high-hazard industries, the SST plan targets high-hazard, nonconstruction workplaces with 20 or more workers and is based on data collected from a survey of 80,000 establishments in high-hazard industries.
Nursing and personal care facilities are excluded from the 2014 SST plan because they are currently the target of a National Emphasis Program, which includes a separate programmed inspection plan.
A report from a group that advocates for child safety says recalls on children’s products are not very effective.
The report from Kids in Danger, based in Chicago, says only ten percent of recalled children’s products such as cribs, car seats, clothing and toys were returned, replaced or repaired. The group says that means many dangerous products remained in households.
General Motors has recalled more than 1.6 million Chevy Cobalts due to faulty ignition switches, prompting the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) to launch an investigation. But this is not the first time that federal regulators learned about problems with the Cobalt, raising the question of why it took the NHTSA so long to act.
Last decade, GM conducted another recall involving the Cobalt, which in total has caused 31 accidents and 13 deaths stemming from the car’s ignition switch shutting off the engine and electrical system, which disables its air bags.
Substance abuse is a huge, worldwide problem. In the United States alone there are over 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million illegal drug users and almost 15 million people who abuse prescription medications. Most substance abusers have jobs. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a substance abuse problem. An employee with an alcohol or drug problem can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company's good name. Worst of all, the actions of a worker who is "under the influence" can completely undermine a company's efforts to keep people safe.
The first in a two-part series on dealing with drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace, the training program "Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse… for Employees" discusses the various types of substance abuse that are found in the workplace, how they can affect an employee's work situation and what employees themselves can do to help keep their workplace drug and alcohol free.
Dealing with Drug & Alcohol Abuse for Employees
Item #3444 - 19 minutes
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