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July 21, 2016

For the first time since 1990, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will increase, and then continue to increase, its fine structure to match inflation. Until now, OSHA was specifically exempted from the bill that required federal agencies to raise their fines along with inflation. Fortunately for employers, this meant that as inflation made everything from wages, cost of business and revenue rise, fines didn’t keep up. It would be similar to still paying five bucks to go out to see a movie at the theater. Pretty affordable right? Well as of August 1, that all changes. 

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In the hustle and bustle of getting more done with less, we often tend to concentrate on tasks rather than the individuals doing those tasks. Many companies have a core value of treating people with respect, but this can fall short with the “What have you done for me lately?” mentality that often occurs when meeting goals and objectives, especially on a lean budget. What can we do to change this?

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I was recently contacted by a colleague in the Health and Safety field who posed a very interesting question regarding blame versus culpability. Many organizations have the propensity to blame, to finger point, to find fault in the worker without taking a hard look at the contextual factors surrounding the event.

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Although very small (2.7mm), ticks are a major cause of the most rapidly spreading vector-borne disease in the world, Lyme Disease.

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Water, a crucial part in living a healthy lifestyle, is often taken for granted. That is, until we lose access to it. Do you know where your drinking water comes from? Residents of Flint, MI, found that out the hard way earlier this year when thousands of the city’s residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water supply.

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