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April 18, 2018
Disposable filtering face piece respirators (FFR), more commonly called dust masks, are the respiratory protection most used by employees in the workplace. Disposable FFRs are not intended for repeated or extensive use; yet, for reasons of expense, convenience, and supply, they often are. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has studied the issue and offers several guidelines.

April 17, 2018
By Emily Scace, Senior Editor, Safety
At BLR’s Safety Summit 2018 in Orlando, Florida, attorney and safety expert Adele Abrams addressed a crowded room of attendees about the implications of OSHA’s 2016 electronic recordkeeping rule for employer safety incentives programs, disciplinary strategies, and post-accident drug testing policies.

April 16, 2018
Workers opening freight containers can be exposed to harmful levels of pesticides or fumigants that have been shipped to protect or preserve the contents of the containers. The hazard of worker exposure to these gases appears to be slipping under the radar in many nations, notes the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in a recent report.

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April 19, 2018 (Notice) - OSHA solicited public comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirement contained in the Standard on Reports of Injuries to Employees Operating Mechanical Power Presses.

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OSHA Challenge
According to Adele Abrams at BLR's 2018 Safety Summit, which of the following employer drug testing policies could OSHA see as a violation of its antiretaliation rules?
• An employer is required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct post-accident drug testing of safety-sensitive employees.
• All workers are automatically drug-tested after reporting any workplace injury or illness.
• Prospective employees are required to pass a pre-hire drug test.
• All of the above
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