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  • Mandatory OSHA 300 Log Reporting and Record Keeping for 2015 and OSHA in 2015 and Beyond

    Monday January 5, 2015

    There are new OSHA Reporting Requirements now in effect. Beginning on January 1, 2015, there is a change to what covered employers are required to report to OSHA. Employers are now required to report all work related fatalities within 8 hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident. The attachments below provide more information about the new Mandatory OSHA Reporting and Record Keeping requirements for 2015.

    Mandatory OSHA 300 Log Reporting and Recordkeeping for 2015
    OSHA in 2015 and beyond

  • Documenting After an Incident

    Wednesday January 7, 2015

    Recently, an incident was reported where a resident suffered a fall.  Unfortunately, after the incident the facility failed to document the resident's overall status during the next 24 hours.  As a result, it is difficult to   determine whether the change in status was related to the incident or another event/condition.  Attached is a resource for your facilities as a reminder and guidance for documenting after an incident. 

    Click here for file.

  • Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist

    Wednesday January 7, 2015

    The winter season is right around the corner and it is a good time to plan for and mitigate the property damage, employee illness and injury, and even business closures that can be caused by severe winter weather.The following checklist will help you identify the areas of your business that are most susceptible to winter hazards.

    Click here for Winter Weather Preparedness Checklist

    Disclaimer: I would like to emphasize that the discussions, examples and templates set forth above are from an insurance/risk management perspective and is NOT legal advice.  We do not provide legal advice as we are not qualified to do so.  I highly recommend that you seek the advice of legal counsel in order to become fully apprised of the legal implications related to these issues. The information contained herein was obtained from sources which to the best of the writer's knowledge are authentic and reliable.  Arthur J. Gallagher makes no guarantee of results, and assumes no liability in connection with either the information herein contained, or the safety suggestions herein made.  Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein, or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedures, resources or advice. 

  • Arthur J Gallagher’s Risk Management Strategies Webcasts

    Monday January 12, 2015

    Arthur J Gallagher put together a series of webcasts on risk management strategies that included Generating a Culture Change Mindset in Workplace Safety, Simple Steps for Creating a Strong Safety Structure, and Safety Communication for Speakers of Spanish and Other Languages.

    View the three Risk Management Strategies Webcasts

    Disclaimer: I would like to emphasize that the discussions, examples and templates set forth above are from an insurance/risk management perspective and is NOT legal advice.  We do not provide legal advice as we are not qualified to do so.  I highly recommend that you seek the advice of legal counsel in order to become fully apprised of the legal implications related to these issues. The information contained herein was obtained from sources which to the best of the writer's knowledge are authentic and reliable.  Arthur J. Gallagher makes no guarantee of results, and assumes no liability in connection with either the information herein contained, or the safety suggestions herein made.  Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein, or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedures, resources or advice.  

  • Responding to an OSHA Inspection – Document Production

    Monday January 12, 2015

    In many cases, employers are experienced with the walk around and employee interview aspect of an OSHA Inspection, but are unsure of what documents the compliance officer is entitled to inspect and to request copies. The article in the link below is intended to give guidance in this area.

    Click here for article  - Responding to An OSHA Inspection IV.

    Disclaimer: I would like to emphasize that the discussions, examples and templates set forth above are from an insurance/risk management perspective and is NOT legal advice.  We do not provide legal advice as we are not qualified to do so.  I highly recommend that you seek the advice of legal counsel in order to become fully apprised of the legal implications related to these issues. The information contained herein was obtained from sources which to the best of the writer's knowledge are authentic and reliable.  Arthur J. Gallagher makes no guarantee of results, and assumes no liability in connection with either the information herein contained, or the safety suggestions herein made.  Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein, or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedures, resources or advice. 

  • Responding to an OSHA Inspection – Employee Interviews and Employee Interview Rights

    Monday January 12, 2015

    During an OSHA inspection, the Compliance Officer will request employee interviews in order to gather facts as to whether there may have been violations of the Agency's regulations. Many employers fail to advise their employees of their rights during such interviews and these rights are never exercised. The links below provide you with the general rights of employees during employee interviews.

     Click here for article - RMSI - Responding to An OSHA Inspection II - Employee Interviews

     Click here for article - RMSI - Responding to An OSHA Inspection III - Employee Interview Rights

    Disclaimer: I would like to emphasize that the discussions, examples and templates set forth above are from an insurance/risk management perspective and is NOT legal advice.  We do not provide legal advice as we are not qualified to do so.  I highly recommend that you seek the advice of legal counsel in order to become fully apprised of the legal implications related to these issues. The information contained herein was obtained from sources which to the best of the writer's knowledge are authentic and reliable.  Arthur J. Gallagher makes no guarantee of results, and assumes no liability in connection with either the information herein contained, or the safety suggestions herein made.  Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein, or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedures, resources or advice.