Monthly Archives: October 2013

Great Safety Info from “Plant Engineering”

I enjoy articles THAT I discover in Plant Engineering because one of my (many) goals is to obtain more coordination between the safety, engineering, maintenance and purchasing functions.  Management of Change (MOC) affects far more than PSM, combustible dust and guarding and … Continue reading

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Smooth Restart For OSHA So Far.

Whatever you may think of this Administration, one has to admire how well OSHA returned to full operations after the government shut down, and the behind the scenes work that made the return seem so seamless.  As I wrote earlier and … Continue reading

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I’m Not an Engineer! What Do I Care About Management of Change?!

Although OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard may be the most challenging of OSHA’s regulations, the PSM standard, along with NFPA consensus standards about combustible dust have raised the topic of the importance of management of change (MOC) outside of … Continue reading

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Employees Discuss Evading Employer Management of BYOD Policies

Management employment lawyers write a great deal about managing your workplace electronic communications and data because the proliferation of electronic devices and remote working has created so many ways to lose vital company data. I have linked to the blog … Continue reading

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Pause Before Firing That Guy Objecting To A Work Practice By Quoting Misinterpreted Theology

Eric Meyer posted a spot reminding us that even if the request seems weird, an employer has some level of duty to accommodate a religious practice.  In this case, a mining employee objected to a bio metric scanning system involving his … Continue reading

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Dealing With Bad Behavior By The Top Dogs

Fran Sepler recently posted an insightful blog, “I’m Sort of Sorry: Coaching the High Level Harasser” discussing coaching a high-level performer regarding harassment, poor behavior or insensitivity.  It takes wisdom and experience to deal with an executive who can fire … Continue reading

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Confusion About OSHA During the Shutdown

Under OSHA’s Contingency Plan, all but approximately 10% of its employees are furloughed.  If one calls an Area Office, you’ll encounter an Area Director and perhaps an Assistant Area Director, who will respond to workplace fatalities or complaints of situations … Continue reading

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Haz Com/GHS Training Due By December 1, 2013

An excellent explanation and update on Haz Com and the GHS for Construction Contractors, courtesy of the AGC: LINK. Our most recent F & P Blog post on GHS: LINK. MOST IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM: TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETE BY DECEMBER 1, … Continue reading

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More On the EEOC’s War On Criminal Background Checks

More from my buddy, Matt Korn, on the costly battles caused by the EEOC’s war on criminal background checks: Strike Two – The EEOC’s Failed Attempts To Limit Background Checks Date: October 1, 2013 By Matthew Korn (Labor Letter, October … Continue reading

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Customer Service and Workplace Safety

I am writing this post as I sit on a bench in front of the Davidson, NC Homewood Suites.  As I sat working on documents, I struck up a conversation with an employee, who was emptying the trash and straightening … Continue reading

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