This Week in Comp, August 7, 2015

Pros and cons of wearable technology in the workplace
In Australia, “SmartCaps” are equipped with sensors that detect truck drivers’ alertness and reduce fatigue-related accidents. In the oil and gas industry, BP joined the ranks of 10,000 companies worldwide that offer their staff fitness trackers in an effort to improve wellness and safety. These are just a handful of the safety applications of wearable devices in the workplace. But wearables also come with drawbacks, including privacy concerns…MORE

The thermometer might not read 100, but…

Summer TemperatureThe heat index, not the temperature, is an accurate indicator of how much stress the body feels in hot conditions…MORE

AIA submits testimony against adverse workers’ comp bill in Illinois
Illinois is home to the most competitive workers’ comp market in the country. A proposed pricing control regulatory scheme would adversely affect competition by creating unnecessary administrative burdens, according to the American Insurance Association…MORE

Kids take after their parents when it comes to texting while driving

More than half of teens confess to texting while driving to update their parents, and 19 percent say parents expect a response within one minute, according to a recent study…MORE

California workers’ comp premiums growing at double-digit rates
IncreaseHigher premium rates and growth in insured payroll resulting from economic expansion and wage level increases have made California premium rates the highest in the nation…MORE

CopperPoint CEO sets retirement after 15 years at helm of insurer
Donald Smith Jr. oversaw CopperPoint Mutual’s transition from quasi-government entity to private company. Previously known as SCF Arizona, CopperPoint became a fully private mutual insurance company in 2013…MORE

New guide explains training requirement in five major industries
OSHA released a guide that explains what training it requires employees to receive in general industry, construction, maritime, agriculture and federal employee programs…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly roundup of EHS news…MORE

AMA: Physician groups band together to address America’s opioid crisis
Every day, 44 people die from opioid overdoses. The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is working to reverse the trend. The task force’s initial focus will be on efforts that urge physicians to register for and use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs…MORE

Pills White BackgroundOR AG settles with pharmaceutical company over unlawful promotion of powerful opioid
The Oregon attorney general reached a $1.1 million settlement with Insys, the company that manufactures the schedule II opioid drug Subsys, to resolve allegations that the powerful drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat cancer pain was marketed in Oregon for off-label uses such as non-cancer neck and back pain…MORE



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