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Monthly archive for January 2016

EMR no longer a calculation in CCS certification

As of January 1st 2016, CCS (formerly MICCS) will not require your EMR to be a deciding factor on your certification. This does not change any other part of the certification process. As long as the OSHA 300A numbers fall in line with the DART and TRIR requirements for their company, you meet all minimum criteria of their SPRS review, and meet minimum criteria during a home office audit, you can be a Qualified company in the CCS certification program. However, the CCS site still requires companies to input their EMR and upload either a letter stating their EMR from their insurance company or their workers comp worksheet, due to some companies still wanting the EMR as part of their personal qualification process.        

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Email scam from OSHA imposter

Please beware! There has been a fraudulent email circulating, claiming that they are form the Department of Labor. The email advises recipients to download a “guide” to avoid being fined. The email will have the Subject: “OSHA Regulations – Avoid being fined”. The email will be from “mailer@osha.gov”, which is not a Department of Labor email. If you receive this message, delete it immediately. Do not click on the link.  

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OSHA’s Response to Reported Injuries

As we all know by now, OSHA revised their reporting requirements which became effective on January 1, 2015.  Companies are now required to report any work-related death to OSHA within 8-hours, and report any amputation, eye loss, or the inpatient hospitalization of one (1) or more employee within 24-hours.  This has drastically increased the number of investigations the agency has had to manage and it’s no secret that they have struggled to keep-up.  We know several cases where employers have reported injuries as required, but never heard back from OSHA.  So what’s the deal?  Do they just respond to the more serious cases and let the rest go unless they aren’t busy?  Well… kind of. OSHA knew they would face challenges with the increased volume of cases being reported, so they adopted a new protocol that was designed to help them effectively manage this burden.  This protocol basically involves the agency categorizing each case as […]

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OSHA… What’s on Tap for 2016???

With 2016 being the last year of the current administration, we are likely to see some regulatory action. According to OSHA’s published agenda here are some of the things we may see… FINAL RULES The Final Rule on reducing the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of Crystalline Silica is expected to be released by February 2016. The Final Rule on the electronic maintenance and submittal of OSHA Injury & Illness Logs is scheduled to be released by March 2016. The Final Rule for updating the 1910 Subpart D standard on Walking Working Surfaces is supposed to be released by April 2016. PROPOSED RULES OSHA is talking about making several modifications to their Crane Standard (1926 Subpart CC) to correct inaccuracies within the standard. OSHA is planning on updating their Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) on Beryllium. OSHA is revising their current protocol on respirator fit testing. ENFORCEMENT TRENDS The final implementation of the new […]

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Top 10 most dangerous cities to work in

Would you believe…that Indianapolis is number 10? OSHA has ranked the top 10 according to the weekly Fatality and Catastrophe reports from  2009 to 2014. Click here to see the list!  

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Spreading Love and Joy during the Christmas season

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa During the month of December, RMS had the pleasure of coming together to assist Sheltering Wings with their Christmas celebration. Sheltering Wings is a Non-Profit organization that assists women and their families who are in need of shelter and discretion. We were able to Adopt A Family, to ensure their holiday season was fulfilling and cheerful. As with every Non-Profit Organization, they are always in need of donations, volunteers, prayers and support.   Please take the time, and check out their website here.

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OSHA to Enhance Pursuit of Criminal Liability

OSHA currently has the ability to pursue criminal liability against companies and managers who are involved with a work-related fatality resulting in a “Willful” violation. The maximum penalty if convicted would be up to $500K for the company, $250K for executives, and 6-months in prison. Such convictions are currently classified as “Misdemeanors”. On December 17, 2015 the Department of Labor announced an initiative to partner with the Department of Justice to seek additional criminal liability for lying during OSHA inspections, making false statements in government documents, obstructing justice, and tampering with witnesses. Convictions under any of these charges would result in elevated penalty amounts, possibly up to 20-years in prison, and they would be classified as a “Felony”. This movement obviously underscores the importance of being honest with OSHA, especially during investigations.

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Reporting Incidents To OSHA Is Now Available Online

In addition to calling OSHA to report an incident, or visiting the nearest office, you can now report an incident online! This decision was made to streamline the reporting of severe worker injuries. Click here to visit the updated reporting site for OSHA.

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Space Heater Safety

    INdiana Labor Insider has published a great “end of the year” newsletter. Specifically, there is some very useful information on Space Heater Safety. Do you consistently plug in your space heater directly into the wall, not an extension cord? Take a look at the information below. Be sure that your space heater: Is listed by Underwriters Laboratories or another nationally recognized testing laboratory (Ensures the device meets certain safety requirements), features automatic power-off for tip-overs, temperature control, etc. Read and follow all manufacturers instructions of operation Check space heater prior to use every time (Attachment cord, switches, protective grill cover, etc.) Plug the space heater directly into a wall outlet; Never plug into an extension cord, power strip or surge protector Never run cords under rugs, carpet or other material. Always place the device on the floor; Never place space heaters on tables, desks, stacked objects or other […]

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather is here! Do you feel prepared for the cold weather and snow? Did you know it’s not safe to let your gas fall below half-full in freezing temperatures? Do you have a Winter Survival Kit in your car in case of emergencies? IN.gov has released some very good winter driving tips.  Please click here and read what precautions you should use this season.  

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