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, May 27, 2013

Safety News Briefs - OSHA's Severe Violator Enforecement Program Not Working

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have any safety news tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Doubts About The Effectiveness of OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program

A review of problems with, and the effectiveness of, OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program is provided by Epstein Becker Green and Eric J. Conn in the Lexology (The Association of Corporate Counsel).

The article points out that, although the concept is good, the implementation of the Severe Violator Enforcement Program has been poor.  It is "catching" the wrong companies, disproportionally punishing small companies that are not actually recalcitrant employers.  In addition, the program tags employers as recalcitrant, severe violators, before the employer has had the opportunity to contest the citations. Employers are declared guilty and punished, before they are proven guilty (if they are even guilty of the alleged safety violations).

Read the article here.

Stress At Work Increases Your Risk Of Diabetes

Prevention Magazine is reporting that researchers in Tel Aviv have linked workplace stress with an increased risk in developing Type-2 diabetes. However, it’s not just stress, your complete work environment, including social support, the workplace culture, the amount of work, and whether you overloaded or under loaded that is linked to an increased risk of diabetes.

The research found three workplace factors that can improve health. Read the story in Prevention Magazine to learn about these three factors.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Do Employees Make Bad Decisions
Safety News Briefs - Tell OSHA To Get A Warrant
Safety News Briefs - Focus On Training


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