The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its new Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule (Silica Rule) on March 25, 2016. Crystalline silica particles are commonly dispersed in the air when workers cut, grind, crush or drill silica-containing materials such as concrete, masonry, tile and rock. OSHA estimates that 2.3 million American workers are exposed to respirable silica, with 1.85 million of those workers in the construction industry. Other common sources of exposure are building products manufacturing, sandblasting, and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and gas wells.
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As the pace and emotional pressures of everyday life impact both employees at home and in the workplace, as well as unknown individuals (including terrorists), a distressing and tragic trend is occurring — employees and unknown individuals are unable to control their emotions at work or have ulterior criminal motives and violence erupts toward co-employees, customers or third parties. The unfortunate statistics show that homicide is the number one cause of death for women in the workplace and the third overall cause for men and women. This trend is expected to increase in times of economic uncertainty and social and political unrest. In many cases, these acts of violence occur as employees face the prospect of lay-offs and corporate reorganizations in many industries.
This time of year brings thoughts of flowers blooming, birds singing and no more snow, ice, sleet and cold temperatures to face, so let’s sit back, relax and enjoy the drive. NO! NO! NO! As road conditions improve and temperatures warm up, life seems better on the road. However, professional drivers understand that you only trade one set of hazards for another.
An employer of choice creates an environment where employees want to work and stay engaged over the long term. Hear how to cultivate this type of environment in your organization.
Do you think that food contamination and product recall issues are just for trendy fast food restaurants and meat packers? Think again – companies across the food supply chain must consider protecting themselves against potential financial disaster with product contamination and recall insurance coverage. Be it accidental contamination, malicious product tampering, or mislabeling errors, a food safety incident and resulting recall can be a company’s biggest exposure, damaging to its brand and reputation.
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Our Back to Basics: ERISA recorded webinar is designed to cover basic ERISA requirements as training for new HR and benefits professionals and a refresher for more seasoned HR and benefits professionals.
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The June 2016 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news.