This Week in Comp, July 21-25
July 25, 2014 Leave a comment
This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.
Workplace safety: There’s an app for that
From GPS to cell phones, technology has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. Workplace safety is no exception. In this week’s Texas Mutual blog post, David Wylie highlights apps that can help employers prevent workplace accidents and their associated costs…MORE
‘Hide No Harm Act’ would criminalize corporate concealment of hazards
The bill is a response to recent allegations of a motor vehicle company concealing a defect that led to deaths and injuries…MORE
Texas Mutual created this weekly feature to keep its safety services consultants current on EHS news. Now, we’re sharing it with you in our This Week in Comp posts…MORE
5 things employers should know about prescription painkiller use
Every day, 45 people die from prescription drug overdoses, and 23 percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The National Safety Council offers the five tips for employers who want to minimize the impact of opioid abuse on their workplace…MORE
ACOEM updates guideline on opioids in safety-sensitive jobs
Under the previous guideline, unless the patient exhibited adverse effects, no restrictions were considered necessary. The updated guideline flatly states that “[a]cute or chronic opioid use is not recommended for patients who perform safety-sensitive jobs…MORE
Conservative House members digging in on slimmed-down TRIA
The House bill calls for gradually increasing the program trigger for all non-nuclear, biological, radiological, and/or chemical (NBCR) events, from $100 million to $500 million by 2019, effectively phasing out the program for non-NBCR events…MORE
California officials praise reforms
System reforms enacted in 2012 have strengthened the self-insurance marketplace, reduced ambulatory surgery center facility fees, and cut liens for reasonable medical expenses in half…MORE
About the author
David Wylie is the senior technical writer 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.
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