Safety Sense

  • Deer Season and Driving Safety

    By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
    You know what time of the year it is? No, not Halloween! It is deer season! The 2019 statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol reveal over 19,000 motor vehicle accidents related to deer on the roads. Of those, there were 4 fatalities and nearly 1,000 serious injuries as a result of the crashes.

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  • OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Rules

    By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
    The states of Virginia and Michigan have recently enacted emergency rules designed to protect workers from risks associated with COVID-19.  Both Virginia and Michigan operate state-approved OSHA programs.

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  • OSHA Updates and Hot Topics

    By: Carl E. Habekost, Esq.
    COVID-19 and OSHA Reporting Requirements
    Under 29 C.F.R. 1904.39(b)(6), all employers are required to contact OSHA to report certain types of injuries and illnesses.  The reporting requirement is in addition to recordability requirements.

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  • New OSHA Beryllium Standard for General Industry

    By: Donald Elswick, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CIT
    Elsmart Associates
    A final rule issued by OSHA revises the agency’s beryllium standard for general industry. The changes affect provisions for methods of compliance, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene areas and practices, housekeeping, medical surveillance, hazard communication, and recordkeeping.

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  • The General Duty Clause and COVID-19

    By: Carl Habekost, Esq.
    The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires all employers to “…furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees…”  (Section 5(A)(1)).

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  • Ohio Workers’ Compensation Trials Likely to Resume in 2021Read more


  • The Path Forward: Legal & Safety Considerations to Prepare Your Workplace for Return Amid the COVID-19 PandemicRead more

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