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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Pass an OSHA Inspection, Airborne Hazards, and Ebola

Is Your Workplace as Safe as you Think it is?

You can wait for injuries, OSHA fines, and possibly fatalities, or you can conduct a self-audit and be sure your workplace is as safe as you can make it. Think of it as a win-win: either it's very safe and you'll enjoy the self-validation of knowing that, or it isn't, and you can fix the hazard areas before something bad happens.  >> How to conduct a safety audit

OSHA on the way? How to pass an OSHA inspection

When Workplace Hazards Wander

Your workplace is pretty safe. The staff works hard to keep it that way and management takes it seriously. Great, you're safe.

Except that you may not be. What do you do if a nearby facility DOESN'T take workplace safety seriously and their hazards wander out to become your problem?

Particularly when unsafe conditions permeate the air, hazards can travel and jeopardize the health—or even life—of others.  >> Read one man's experience with traveling hazards

Ebola in the Workplace: What Employers Should Know

In addition to keeping worker travel to a minimum--it's now in seven countries, including 2 confirmed cases in the U.S.--what can employers do to minimize the risk of employees contracting and spreading it? And what are an employer's legally mandated obligations?

If ebola is deemed a disability, it will be covered by the Americans Disabilities Act and employees should be provided with a leave of absence. As of this writing, verified U.S. cases are only in the Dallas area, and the major risk at present is healthcare workers, emergency response, and air travel workers. But it might be an ideal time to review emergency procedures to be prepared should the worst occur.  >> Ebola in the workplace - resources

Also: OSHA's Ebola standards, particularly 29 CFR 1910.1030, the Bloodborne Pathogens standard

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