Occupational Injury and Illness

Essential Workers

In response to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont has signed a new executive order. Executive Order No. 7JJJ creates a “rebuttable presumption” that an essential worker who initiates a claim for workers compensation benefits, and who missed at least one day of work between March 10, Read more

Work-Related COVID-19

As the economy begins to reopen, many employees will be returning to the workplace after COVID-19 restrictions. To ensure the workplace is safe, employers are implementing protocols to ensure sick employees stay home, facilities are clean and configured for optimal safety, and workers comply with their employer’s exposure prevention policy. Unfortunately, the threat of the Read more

OSHA Injury Tracking Requires Electronic Submission

After a bumpy start, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic injury and illness reporting system is finally ready for business today. Large and high-risk employers can begin using OSHA’s new web portal, called the Injury and Tracking Application (“ITA”), to report information from their 2016 OSHA Form 300A’s beginning August 1, 2017. It Read more

Virginia employers may soon face stricter injury reporting rules. A proposed workplace safety bill aligning Virginia reporting requirements in cases of severe work-related injuries and fatalities with federal occupational safety and health reporting requirements is moving forward in the state legislature. By comparison, the state measure will hold employers to more strident reporting standards than Read more

Each year, employers subject to federal OSHA recordkeeping rules, or comparable provisions of OSHA-approved state job safety and health programs, are required to post in the workplace a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses for the previous year. OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, must be posted by Feb. 1, and remain Read more

Each year, about 30 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise while on the job. For the last 25 years, noise-related hearing loss has been one of the most widespread occupational health concerns in the U.S. Because of increased noise levels on the job, thousands of workers suffer from hearing loss that could otherwise be prevented Read more

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ASBESTOS Asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that are present in the environment as bundles of fibers. They are used by different industries, such as building and construction because of the heat, fire and chemical resistance. Asbestos are also popular in installation, fireproofing, and sound absorption. In the late 1970’s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Read more

Bloodborne pathogens come in many forms. Some of the most common are: hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and human immunodeficiency virus – an AIDS-causing virus. These pathogens are present in the blood and infectious, causing disease in human beings. If exposed, a worker is at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses.  By displaying a federal Read more

Ontario Canada Labour Law Compliance Alert: Promoting Safer and Healthier Ontario Canada Workplaces. Back in 2010 an Expert Advisory Panel on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) recommended basic health and safety awareness training programs for all Ontario workplaces. Based on the findings the Ministry of Labour proposes to introduce new regulations requiring employers to ensure Read more