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DOL launches new website cataloguing employer violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a new website that reports employer violations in a searchable format. The site, includes enforcement data from the Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA"), the Mine, Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the Wage & Hour Division (WHD). The site presently allows searches by state, agency, zip code, NAICS or SIC and will soon permit searches by company name. Companies should check the site frequently to ensure the accuracy of its content.

NIOSH updates list of hazardous drugs

NIOSH recently issued an alert updating its list of hazardous drugs present in health care settings.

Hazardous drugs include those used for cancer chemotherapy, antiviral drugs, hormones and some bioengineered drugs, according to the alert. The 21 drugs added to the list are new or existing drugs that had new warnings between 2004 and 2007. NIOSH recommends following a standard-precautions approach when handling hazardous drugs.

Cargo Tank Driver Rollover Prevention Video

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) introduced a new training video that provides cargo tank drivers with best practices and safety tips on how to avoid rollover crashes while transporting hazardous materials. Developed in partnership with the Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Tank Truck Carriers, the Cargo Tank Driver Rollover Prevention Video uses driver interviews and on-road scenarios to highlight the factors that contribute to rollovers.

JAN publishes guides on hygiene and conduct problems in the workplace

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is developing a series of publications to provide sample processes that employers can use or adapt in their own workplaces. Employers can benefit from having a step-by-step process that not only aids in solving problems, but also promotes consistency and fairness. By promoting consistency and fairness, employers reduce the likelihood of accidently discriminating against employees by treating them differently.

Two publications are now available:
Dealing with Hygiene Problems in the Workplace
Dealing with Conduct Problems in the Workplace