DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending October 13th

A weekly news feature summarizing safety related news.

Massachusetts Bill would subject small restaurants to choke-saver safety requirement

Restaurants that seat fewer than 25 people would be required to have someone available, whenever the restaurant is open, who is trained in the procedures for removing food lodged in someone’s throat. The current law in Massachusetts requires restaurants that seat more than 25 people to have a trained person available.

Read the story in the Cohasset Mariner.

Poor health costs $227 billion in productivity losses

The U.S. economy is losing an estimated $576 billion annually due to poor health, according to new research. The Integrated Benefits Institute says employers are paying $227 billion a year in lost productivity alone from poor health.

Read the article in Risk and Insurance

Limits on testing for illegal drugs

Dura Automotive Systems has entered into an agreement to pay $750,000 to settle an EEOC ADA lawsuit resulting from their conducting company-wide testing for drugs.  In May 2007 they tested all of their Lawrenceburg, Tenn., plant employees for 12 substances, including certain legally prescribed drugs, in violation of the ADA.  Five of the drugs tested for were illegal controlled substances, the EEOC said, but the other seven were legal medications that were lawfully prescribed for the individuals taking them.

Read an evaluation on what happened in this JDSupra article.

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