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|Alberta Government Invites Feedback on Proposed Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Code|
Justin Turc, Shana Wolch; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 15, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The Code applies to most employers in Alberta. Over the last few years, the Government of Alberta has conducted a review of the Code and solicited feedback on areas in want of revision.
|Ebola in Retail Establishments? How to Prepare|
Diane M. Saunders; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014News sources recently reported that one of the Dallas nurses infected with the Ebola virus visited a retail establishment before boarding a plane from Cleveland to Dallas. Since then, retailers and customers have been concerned about Ebola in the retail environment.
|Electronic Recordkeeping: OSHA Manages to Make a Bad Proposal Even Worse|
Melissa A. Bailey, Shontell D. Powell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 25, 2014, previously published on September 23, 2014In November 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed regulations requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically, rather than maintain paper OSHA Form 300 logs of work-related injuries and illnesses and Form 301 injury and illness incident...
|Phoenix Firms Rising Out of the Ashes of Health and Safety Cases|
Anne Davies; Withers Bergman LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014This case is notable for the way in which the court approached the sentencing of a company and its director, where it appeared that a phoenix firm was likely to arise. It suggests a possible new approach from the court when dealing with so-called ‘phoenix’ firms in health and safety...
|Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda|
Hera S. Arsen, Harold P. Coxson, Dara L. DeHaven, Alfred B. Robinson, Timothy G. Verrall; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
June 6, 2014On Friday, May 23, 2014, the White House, through its executive branch and other federal agencies, issued the Spring 2014 edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published twice a year, the agencies’ regulatory agendas provide an outlook on regulatory activity. They show the status of...
|OSHA and the NLRB Offer Safety Whistleblower Plaintiffs a Second Bite of the Apple by Resurrecting Untimely Whistleblower Claims|
Melissa A. Bailey, John S. Bolesta, Eric C. Stuart; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
June 5, 2014, previously published on May 28, 2014In our last Workplace Safety & Health blog post, we discussed proactive steps employers can take should the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrive with a union representative or community activist to inspect a nonunion worksite. On May 21, OSHA increased its emphasis on ...
|Supporting the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014Medical malpractice in the United States is a much bigger problem than most citizens are aware of. While in 1984 it was estimated that 98,000 Americans per year died from medical errors, today that number is somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000. Even more patients suffer through the negligence and...
|OSHA Extends a Helping (Electronic) Hand to Health Care Facilities|
Larry S. Perlman; Foley & Lardner LLP;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014What U.S. industry recorded nearly 250,000 work-related injuries and illnesses in 2012, costing employers approximately $2 billion in expenses? If you guessed construction or manufacturing, guess again. According to the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),...
|OSHA Signals an Increased Focus on Hospital Industry|
Melissa A. Bailey, C. Thomas Davis, Shontell D. Powell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 1, 2014On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new, online compliance assistance tool for hospitals called, “Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our Caregivers.” While OSHA’s stated objective for this...
|OSHA Releases New Tools For Hospital Safety|
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014Over the years, the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) has focused attention on healthcare workers and the safety issues they face in a variety of ways. In 1999 OSHA proposed implementation of an “ergonomics standard,” intended to...