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Increased enforcement by the OSHA under Biden administration

In an Article by Allen Smith for SHRM, December 2, 2020:

Employers can expect increased enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Biden administration and possibly emergency temporary standards to combat COVID-19. The hiring of more OSHA inspectors also is likely.

In an OSHA National News Release dated...

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Increase in Catalytic Converter Thefts

There has recently been a significant rise in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicle exhaust systems.

For all of you that don’t know what a catalytic converter is, it is part of your vehicle's exhaust system. These converters were mandated for all U.S. cars and trucks in 1975, to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they...

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OSHA GUIDANCE: OPTIMIZE VENTILATION TO REDUCE COVID-19 TRANSMISSIONS

There are a number of ways to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask. Practice physical distancing. Washing your hands often. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces. As of November 2020, many of these basic precautions have become second nature at workplaces throughout the United States. But there’s another best practice you might not...

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Update: CDC Amount of Time to Quarantine

The CDC finally updated their website, on December 2, to reflect options for reducing the amount of time in quarantine. 

The CDC now recommends two additional options for how long quarantine should last. Based on local availability of viral testing, for people without symptoms quarantine can end:

  • On day 10 without...
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Texas WC Networks Medical Costs are lower than Non-Networks

The Texas Department of Insurance has published its 2020 Workers’ Compensation Network

Report Card Results Showing networks outperform non-networks on various measures including medical costs per claim for injured workers.

“Overall, the 2020 network report card continues to show that networks tend to be more cost-efficient than non-network claims...

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