Silica Safety Enforcement Delayed for Construction Industry

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Cal/OSHA has delayed enforcement of its crystalline silica safety standard for the construction industry for another three months to ensure the California rules are in synch with federal rules on the dangerous airborne matter. The move came after Fed OSHA announced April 6 a delay in adoption of the crystalline silica standard for the sector “to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.” The silica rules have already been in effect for general industry since 2016 and the delay in enforcement is only for the construction industry. Enforcement for the construction sector was slated to start…
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Employee Texting Blows Holes in Your Company Communications Policy

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If you are not aware, your employees are most likely communicating with each other and clients using texting or instant messaging. While the immediacy of texting and instant messaging is great for business as it allows faster communications, better collaboration and more responsiveness, the downside is that your organization likely can’t track and retrieve those communications. It becomes even harder if the communications are via instant messaging apps like Whatsapp! and Facebook’s Messenger. As an employer, it’s important that you understand the issue and that you have clear rules for communications among employees in order to protect your company’s interests….
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Preventing Warehouse and Factory Fires

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One of the biggest risks to warehouses and production facilities is fires, which can spread rapidly in these environments. Facilities that are most at risk are those that have high ceilings, large footprints and hold large quantities of inventory that is stored close together. Once a fire starts in that kind of setting, it’s difficult to suppress, putting your entire inventory at risk, as well as machinery and the building itself. If you operate such a facility, you need to make sure that you reduce the risk of fires, and that you keep your inventory clear of any potential ignition…
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Hands-free Technology a Significant Danger: Study

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If you think your employees who drive while on the job are completely safe using hands-free mobile phone technology while driving your car, a new study says otherwise. Mental distractions can persist for nearly 30 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The researchers discovered the residual effects of mental distraction while comparing new hands-free technologies in 10 vehicles and three types of smart phones (Google Now, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana). The analysis found that all systems studied increased mental distraction to potentially…
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