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CDL Drivers and Prescription Medication
It’s okay for employees to take medication when properly prescribed by a licensed physician, right?  Yes.  But that doesn’t always mean they can still legally qualify to drive CMVs.  Florida employers should be aware that certain medications can disqualify a CDL driver.  And trust us on this …  the best time to find out that......
Two Florida Contractors Hit with Big OSHA Fines
In the last 2 weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued big citations against two Florida contractors.  On August 29, OSHA cited Coastal Roofing Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other hazards at a St. Johns, Florida, worksite. The Jacksonville-based roofing company faces $105,28...
Hot Summers and Contractor Heat Illness Prevention plans
Florida construction is booming – and thousands of construction workers are working under the scorching summer sun.  Florida heat can be intense and dangerous. Forty (40) percent of heat-related deaths happen in construction.  With the quick rise in construction employment, there are many new workers who may not be used to working under the...
When is the Next OSHA ITA Reporting Deadline?
2017 OSHA 300A summary data must be reported to the ITA website by July 1, 2018. But don’t bother setting an annual recurring event in your tasking software … starting in 2019 and every subsequent year, the reporting deadline will be March 2nd. Remember that not every business needs to report OSHA log summaries to......
Alternate OSHA DART Rate Calculation Formula for Small Businesses
  We’ve come across a very interesting Interpretation letter published by OSHA, regarding the unfair impact to small companies of using standard injury rate calculations. Traditionally, DART, as well as any other type of OSHA incident rates, are based on a single year’s sum of incidents, multiplied by 200,000 and then divided by th...
How to Handle an Employee Taking Prescription Narcotics (legally)
Many Americans are addicted to powerful narcotics to treat chronic pain.  According to HHS data, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.  In 2016, the prescribing rate had fallen to the lowest it had been in more than 10 years, but was......
HR reminders for the company Christmas party
With Thanksgiving over, Florida businesses are turning attention to the Christmas and holiday party or luncheon in December. This annual event is just around the corner and you (Office Manager or HR Coordinator) are probably reviewing last year’s email reminder to employees that communicate the event details, proper attire and general behavio...
How to Submit OSHA 300A Summary Data to ITA
Who Needs to Do This? Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. When Must This Be Done? By December 1, 2017.   Go to the......
What companies will be required to report OSHA 300A injury data?
Get ready, the new OSHA online reporting of injuries and illnesses will be phased in over the next two years.  Currently, OSHA plans to launch its reporting web page on or before December 1, 2017.   If you are trying to determine if your company will need to register and report your employee injury data,......
Construction Silica Regulation delayed until Sept 23, 2017
WASHINGTON – On April 6, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry.  The 90 day delay will be used for additional outreach and development of educational materials and guidance for employers....
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