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DOT Updates To Post-Accident Drug Testing Means That Your Company Procedures Should Update Too

 As various parts of the United States federal government move to address the growing opioid crisis, the Department of Transportation has updated its drug testing policies to include a stronger focus on testing for painkillers.  Published on November 13, 2017, the new policy went into effect on January 1, 2018.  It brings the Department of Transportation’s drug testing rules into harmony with new rules issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.  The new rules will apply to employers regulated by the Department of Transportation, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  That means trucking companies will fall under the purview of this rule change when it comes to pre-employment and post-accident drug testing.

Workplace Injuries And How They Relate To The Opioid Crisis

The United States as a whole has a significant problem with prescription medication.  Estimates are that Americans consume seventy five percent of the world’s prescription drugs.  A large part of these prescription drugs focus on chronic pain management.  Doctors in the 1980s began prescribing opioids for those patients suffering from chronic pain under a mistaken assumption that prescription opioids had little potential for addiction or abuse.

[Compliance Update] OSHA Launches Injury Tracking Application – Then Shuts It Down!

On August 1, 2017, OSHA launched its web portal to accept the submissions of recordkeeping forms per the requirements in the final rule; to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  As we had advised earlier this year, under this rule, which was enacted in May 2016.

Kicking The Opioid Problem In Workers' Compensation

Prescription painkillers create unique problems in the world of workers compensation. Doctors in all fields have grown more aware of the issues created by prescribing potentially addictive painkillers to patients. Painkiller addictions can make the likelihood of finding a long-term solution to a patient’s situation decrease.

Hauling Hazards: What We've Learned From The Takata Truck Explosion

After a recent trucking accident led to an explosion that killed a woman, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a trucking company to cease operations temporarily. 

Safe and Sound - Advice On Safety Committees

Planning and using the talent in your business to reduce injuries and worker's compensation claims by forming a safety committee. Kevin Forbes, Sales Executive for ECBM, has these tips to get you started.

Summer Safety for Outdoor Workers

It is important for outdoor workers to take precautions against exposure. Sun, heat, and bug bites are a workplace hazard that are a major hurdle for many employees who have any tasks that need to be completed outdoors.