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Issue Date: January 11, 2021

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BLR has released its 2021 EHS Salary Guide which will help you evaluate how your compensation compares to others with similar titles in your location and nationwide In addition, EHS managers can use the information to keep their departments competitive and efficient—an easy way to guarantee you are paying the right amount to retain hard-to-fill positions but not overpaying on others.

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Protecting your workers from cold weather hazards

Most of the year, you probably hear a lot of warnings about heat illness or stress. Winter may offer a break from the heat, but your workers may be facing a whole other set of cold weather hazards.

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January 2021 Safety Works for Employees

This month's issue includes information on roof safety, preventing customer falls in the retail industry, commercial driver safety, and working in cold conditions.

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Q&A: What is the OSHA policy on recording COVID-19 cases on the OSHA 300 log? Does the employee have to determine and prove the employee caught COVID-19 at work?

Recently, a subscriber asked about recording COVID-19 cases on the OSHA 300 log. Read on to find out what we had to say.

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News

Health - GeneralNIOSH: Histoplasmosis diagnosis often delayed

Health - GeneralCal/OSHA cites COVID-19 violations in meatpacking

EnforcementDOL Issues New Collections Rule

InspectionsOSHA Updates Site-Specific Targeting Policy

OSHABLS: Workplace Fatalities Rose in 2019

Time Savers

ChecklistsBLR Checklist: Safety Manual Topics—This checklist presents the most common subjects that are included in safety handbooks.

Employee NewslettersJanuary 2021 Safety Works for Employees—This month's issue includes information on roof safety, preventing customer falls in the retail industry, commercial driver safety, and working in cold conditions.

Ask The Expert

Q: Which injury/illness type, column M 1-6, should be selected on the OSHA Form 300, classification of a Bee Sting that required medical treatment?

Q: We have an electrical contractor client that has an office in Dallas, Texas and an office in Palm Springs, California. We have employees in both states and we have different Experience Modification Rates for each state. Should they be keeping separate OSHA logs for each office?

Q: What is the OSHA policy on recording COVID cases on the OSHA 300 log? Does the employee have to determine and prove the employee caught COVID at work?

Q: Our company purchased fork trucks that were manufactured in the 70's and 80's. However, the service brakes have been completely removed, and the majority of replacement parts are obsolete and hard to find on the used market. With the ANSI and OSHA Standard requirements for fork truck modifications, how should we proceed within requirements to meet both standards?

Q: I am looking for guidance on the topic of medical marijuana use in the workplace.

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

State:

01/7/2021—Safety - General—Maine—Occupational Safety and Health Standards

01/7/2021—Workers' Compensation—Kentucky—Procedure for Adjustments of Claims

01/7/2021—Workers' Compensation—Kentucky—Selection of Physicians, Treatment, and Medical Plans

01/7/2021—Workers' Compensation—Kentucky—Charges for Attorneys

01/7/2021—Workers' Compensation—Kentucky—Attorney Fee Discount

01/6/2021—Workers' Compensation—Rhode Island—Employees' and Employers' Duties and Obligations

01/6/2021—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Bureau of Workers' Compensation

01/6/2021—Workers' Compensation—North Carolina—Workers' Compensation and State Tort Claims

01/6/2021—Safety - General—Washington—Building Code, Fire Code, and Energy Code

01/5/2021—Hours of Service (Motor Carriers)—Kansas—Hours of Service

12/31/2020—Laboratory Safety—Oregon—Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

12/31/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

12/31/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

12/31/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

12/31/2020—Health - General—New York—Wearing Masks Over Nose and Mouth

12/31/2020—Health - General—New York—Mask Wearing Covering the Nose and Mouth

12/31/2020—Workers' Compensation—Montana—Reimbursement of Workers' Compensation Premiums

12/29/2020—Health - General—Oregon—Rules Related to COVID-19

12/29/2020—Motor Carrier Safety—Texas—Permits For Oversize And Overweight Unladen Lift Equip

12/29/2020—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—Texas—Permits For Over Axle And Over Gross Weight Tolerances

Proposed Rules

State:

01/8/2021—Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)—New York—Rule Review

01/8/2021—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—Bureau of Workers' Compensation

01/7/2021—Workers' Compensation—Kentucky—Mediation Program

01/7/2021—Machine Guarding—Kentucky—Machinery and Machine Guarding

01/7/2021—Construction - General—Kentucky—Helicopters, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors

01/7/2021—Construction - General—Kentucky—Blasting and Use of Explosives

01/7/2021—Inspections —Kentucky—Advance Notice of Inspections

01/7/2021—Inspections —Kentucky—Complaint Inspections

01/7/2021—Safety - General—Kentucky—Scope

01/7/2021—Safety - General—Kentucky—Imminent Danger

01/7/2021—Safety - General—Kentucky—Repeal of 803 KAR 2:095 and 803 KAR 2:430

01/7/2021—Safety - General—Kentucky—Penalties

01/7/2021—Safety - General—Kentucky—Time for Filing Discrimination Complaint

01/6/2021—Safety - General—Alabama—Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Requirements

01/6/2021—Safety - General—Alabama—Nationally Recognized Safety Codes

01/6/2021—Construction - General—Michigan—Construction Safety and Health Standards

01/6/2021—Construction - General—Michigan—Tunnels, Shafts, Cofferdams and Caissons

01/6/2021—Safety - General—Connecticut—Standards Improvement Project - Phase IV

01/6/2021—Alcohol & Drugs—Virginia—Case Management Policy and Procedure Manual

01/5/2021—Workers' Compensation—Washington—Conversion Factors

01/5/2021—Workers' Compensation—Washington—Posting Citation and Notices

12/31/2020—Workers' Compensation—Tennessee—Rules for Medical Payments

12/31/2020—Workers' Compensation—Tennessee—Medical Fee Schedule

12/31/2020—Workers' Compensation—Tennessee—Telehealth for Workers' Compensation

12/29/2020—Health - General—Massachusetts—Controlled Substances Act

Reference Materials

Guidance Documents

Safety - General—National—2021 EHS Salary Guide

Health - General—Michigan—How to Comply with Michigan COVID-19 Regulations

Health - General—National—COVID-19 Recordkeeping Worksheet

Safety Plans—National—Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

White Papers

Protecting your workers from cold weather hazardsMost of the year, you probably hear a lot of warnings about heat illness or stress. Winter may offer a break from the heat, but your workers may be facing a whole other set of cold weather hazards.

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January 13, 2021
Cold Weather Safety for Outdoor Workers: Training Tips and Best Practices

 

January 19, 2021
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