This Week in Comp, July 21-25

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

By David Wylie, Senior Technical Writer

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

Safety

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

Regulatory roundup
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

Opioid epidemic

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

TRIA extension

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

System reforms

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.

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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