This Week in Comp, March 17 – 20

Compiled by David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

Compiled by David Wylie, Editorial Coordinator

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

Opioid Epidemic

New, Comprehensive Opioid Treatment Guidance in Reed Group Disability Guidelines
People in safety-sensitive jobs should not take opioids. Furthermore, no evidence shows long-term efficacy of opioids, according to a new study conducted by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine…MORE

Safety

Shift workers beware: Sleep loss may cause brain damage
Are you a truck driver or shift worker planning to catch up on some sleep this weekend? Cramming in extra hours of shut-eye may not make up for those lost pulling all-nighters, according to new research…MORE

Socialization and Supervision Keys to Heading off Workplace Violence
Every act of workplace violence is preceded by incivility toward co-workers. Identifying and managing high-risk employees, anticipating their needs and providing support and resources can help avert tragedy…MORE 

Legislative/Legal

CO Pot Goes to Court
A Colorado man who legally uses marijuana for medicinal purposes is suing his former employer after being fired for failing a drug test…MORE

One Driving Safety Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma, Another Pushed Back
The full Oklahoma Senate approved legislation barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones, but a bill that would ban texting while driving suffered a setback as it was sent back to committee…MORE

About the author
David Wylie is the editorial coordinator at Texas Mutual Insurance Company. He works closely with Texas Mutual’s safety professionals to teach employers and their employees how to prevent workplace accidents and their associated costs. David holds the OSHA 10-hour general safety certification and a degree in journalism from Southwest Texas State University.

Links to and from this blog do not reflect any affiliation between Texas Mutual Insurance Company and third parties, and are not an endorsement by Texas Mutual Insurance Company of the linked sites (or their owners or operators) or of any content located there. Texas Mutual Insurance Company does not vouch for the availability or accuracy of any information contained on linked sites.

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