This Week in Comp, November 17 – 21

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

Drivers talk on cell phones less but surf, e-mail more
Despite nearly a decade-long national fight against distracted driving, the percentage of drivers engaging in smart phone-related activities behind the wheel has steadily increased over the past six years, a new study shows…MORE

New OSHA reporting requirements go into effect January 1
Beginning January 1, 2015, OSHA will require employers to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident…MORE
CompPartners publishes white paper on opioid management
Studies show most patients develop dependence and tolerance to opioids within 90 days. CompPartners promotes a two-pronged opioid management approach, working with the injured worker, as well as the treating physician at the onset of opioid treatment to explain the drugs’ risks…MORE
OSHA urges retailers to keep workers safe during major sales events
A sound crowd management plan protects workers during sale events…MORE
Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly mash-up of health and safety-related regulatory news…MORE
CSB investigates chemical leak at DuPont plant
The leak left four employees dead and a fifth hospitalized. The employees were exposed to highly concentrated methyl mercaptan, which DuPont was using in the production of insecticides…MORE
NSC calls prescription drug abuse our most serious drug epidemic
Among people 35 to 54 years old, unintentional drug overdoses cause more deaths than motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Furthermore, 4-6 percent of prescription painkiller abusers will transition to heroin use…MORE
ACFE promotes International Fraud Awareness Week
A single incident of fraud cost a company a median of $145,000, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). This week, the ACFE offered free educational resources as part of International Fraud Awareness Week…MORE
Hospitals improvise on safety to treat Ebola patients
There is no tried-and-true way to build an Ebola ward, but the administrators cobbling them together have been guided by a few key principals gleaned from clinics in Africa and the few full biocontainment facilities in the U.S…MORE

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