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March 18, 2019
Last year, OSHA authorized its regional offices to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”) during workplace inspections. However, OSHA is not surreptitiously flying drones over America’s workplaces.

March 15, 2019
By Emily Scace, Senior Editor, Safety
At BLR’s 2019 Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium, Catherine Mattice Zundel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, founder and CEO of Civility Partners, delivered a session urging employers to broaden their approach to workplace violence prevention and take proactive steps to address incivility, bullying, and harassment before they escalate to more severe forms of violence.

March 14, 2019
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at five times the rate of most workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said in a summary of research priorities for the public safety sector.

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March 11, 2019 (Proposed Rule) - OSHA requests information and comment on issues related to requirements in the standards on powered industrial trucks for general, maritime, and construction industries. OSHA is seeking information regarding the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks, maintenance and retrofitting of powered industrial trucks, how to regulate older powered industrial trucks, the types of accidents and injuries associated with operation of powered industrial trucks, the costs and benefits of retrofitting powered industrial trucks with safety features, and the costs and benefits of all other components of a safety program, as well as various other issues.

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OSHA Challenge
Which of the following is NOT a condition OSHA must meet in order to use a drone during an inspection?
• The employer must consent
• The drone operations team must notify everyone on site
• OSHA's director of enforcement programs must approve each specific instance of drone use
• The OSHA regional office must establish a program that complies with FAA regulations for drones
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