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Managing the Risk of COVID-19 Related Lawsuits Against Employers

Written By: Michael C. Lord, Attorney for Williams Mullen (a NASP Strategic Alliance Partner) The COVID-19 pandemic is an economic boon for law firms that prosecute class actions on behalf of their client-victims. Businesses face legal exposure under various theories from people contracting the virus that they claim was linked…

Top Causes of Workplace Injuries Costing Employers $1B a Week

The top ten causes of workplace injuries, such as slips, trips, and falls, and strains from lifting heavy objects are costing U.S. businesses more than $1 billion per week (that’s billion with a B!), according to a new report from Liberty Mutual Insurance. Disabling workplace injuries cost employers $59 billion…

Two Great Courses, One Week of Excitement and Education

It is no secret that e-learning is all the rage during this COVID-19 pandemic. While e-learning is certainly a great alternative to traditional courses, NASP understands that some training, and some individuals, are best suited for live, instructor-led classes. Benefits to NASP’s instructor-led courses include: • The opportunity for individuals…

OSHA Regulations up for Review, Revisions in First 2020 Agenda

OSHA has listed 24 regulations for review in its first Regulatory Agenda of 2020. Standards covering cranes and derricks, beryllium, forklifts, silica, and workplace violence are on the agenda. Here’s a breakdown by stage in the regulatory process: Final rules These are among the standards which are closest to the…

Virginia First State to Adopt Safety Standard for Coronavirus

Virginia is the first state in the nation to adopt workplace safety standards to address the coronavirus. The state’s Safety and Health Codes Board adopted the emergency temporary standard on infectious disease prevention – drafted under the direction of Governor Ralph Northam – by a 9-2 vote July 15. Virginia…

Who’s getting hammered by six-figure fines now?

Don’t be surprised to see an uptick in six-figure fines for violations like failure to:  • manage hazardous waste according to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) guidelines • submit chemical premanufacture notices, and • prevent storage tank leaks of air toxics and volatile organic compounds. Now that supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) are…

Hazardous Waste Management

Industries in the United States produce enormous quantities of hazardous waste every year. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2017, over 25,000 active large-quantity waste generators created 35.1 million tons of hazardous waste. And small-quantity generators added even more. Facilities should train employees in hazardous waste management annually to prevent…

Workplace Violence Prevention Training

Managing workplace violence is increasingly essential, since assaults at work are on the rise. In 2011, the U.S. saw 11,690 non-fatal incidents, and by 2018, the annual injuries had almost doubled, totaling 20,790. Employees and customers, violent patients and crime can all contribute to violence in the workplace. Violence in the…

Job Hazard Analysis

On average, more than 100 workers died on the job every week in 2018. To prevent deaths, injuries and illnesses in your workplace, you first have to know what hazards pose those threats. That’s where a Job Hazard Analysis, also called a Job Safety Analysis, comes in. At the most fundamental level,…