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CPSC's Proposed Rule on Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws

On May 12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC published a proposed rule, Safety Standard Addressing Blade-Contact Injuries on Table Saws, which would require table saw manufacturers to incorporate active injury mitigation AIM technology in all types of table saws. The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy argues that the CPSC's proposed rule is overly broad and imposes such stringent and cost-prohibitive requirements that it will cause most, if not all, small table saw...

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U.S. Small Business Administration 8/14/2017 Comments(0)

U.S. Department of Labor to Publish Request for Information on Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor published a Request for Information RFI for the overtime rule on July 26. The RFI solicits feedback on questions related to the salary level test, the duties test, varying cost-of-living across different parts of the United States, inclusion of nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments to satisfy a portion of the salary level, the salary test for highly compensated employees, and automatic updating of the salary level tests. The RFI was published in the Federal...

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Employers Can Electronically Submit Injury Data Beginning Aug. 1, OSHA Says

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA will launch its Injury Tracking Application on Aug. 1, allowing employers to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A. The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule went into effect Jan. 1. OSHA has proposed delaying the deadline for initial compliance until Dec. 1. The requirements are scheduled to be phased in over two years. In 2017, all "covered establishments" must submit data...

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Could Summer Mean Itchy, Swelling Enforcement?

The summer heat and bugs can become legal liabilities for employers who do not comply with federal and state regulations to protect employees against outdoor hazards, including mosquito-borne disease and heat stress. These federal agency warnings could become evidence used in civil lawsuits to show that companies have some sort of duty to protect their workers and others from these natural conditions. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA recently updated its guidance from ...

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Heat Illness Prevention Tips During Summer Months

During the hottest summer months, companies that have employees working outdoors or in hot environments should keep in mind that heat-related sickness can cause serious injury or even death. To combat heat-related issues, they should remember the mantra: "water, rest, and shade." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA reports that 18 people die every year from heat stroke and related causes while on the job. Employers have a responsibility to protect workers from excessive heat, ...

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