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Driverless Trucks and Insurance

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Driverless Trucks and Insurance

The trucking industry is ready for a change. Nearly 70% of the country’s freight is moved by truck, yet trucking companies can’t fill open positions fast enough to meet the demand. A retiring workforce and extremely high turnover rate could be to blame for the shortage, but unfortunately these problems aren’t expected to improve. In fact, demand is expected to continue rising, making matters even worse for trucking companies. 
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Employee Wellness

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A healthy workforce is a happy and efficient workforce. Healthy employees have fewer sick days and may be less likely to become injured on the job. Employers who recognize the importance of their employees’ health are taking measures to ensure that the people who work for them take care of themselves. Healthy people aren’t just healthy physically, they’re healthy emotionally. Below are some examples of current trends in workplace:

Wearable Technology 
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OSHA Changes Employer Post Accident Drug Testing Rules Effective 11/1/16

POST ACCIDENT REVISED TESTING PARAMETERS 
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Conveyor Belt Safety

Conveyer Belt Safety

Conveyors are useful tools in production, but can be extremely hazardous if not used properly. Train your employees well, post the rules clearly and male sure that all workers who work with or near conveyor belts are well educated on using them safely.

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Loose clothing is a hazard around conveyer belts because it can become entangled in the machinery. Instruct your employees to wear close-fitting clothes. Long hair presents a similar hazard. It always should be tied back or covered. In case items fly off the conveyor belt during its use, employees should wear sturdy shoes and eye protection. And if the area is dusty, masks may also be useful. 
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What You Should Know About OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

You may not have questions about OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard. Then again, you may. If so, here’s some information you might find handy.

  • OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard applies to all employees who have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Occupational exposure is defined as “reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of the employee’s duties.”
  • If employees are trained and designated as responsible for rendering first aid or medical assistance as part of their job duties, they are covered by the protections of the standard.
  • While OSHA does not generally consider maintenance personnel and janitorial staff employed in non-healthcare facilities to have occupational exposure, it is your responsibility to determine which job classifications or specific tasks and procedures involve occupational exposure.
  • All employees with occupational exposure must receive initial and annual refresher training.
  • Part-time and temporary employees are covered by the standard if they potentially may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and, therefore, should also to be trained during work hours.
  • The standard requires an annual review of the exposure control plan. In addition, whenever changes in tasks, procedures, or employee positions affect or create new occupational exposure, the existing plan must be reviewed and updated accordingly.
  • Universal Precautions is OSHA’s required method of control to protect employees from exposure to all human blood and other potentially infectious materials. The term, “Universal Precautions,” refers to a concept of bloodborne disease control that requires that all human blood and certain human bodily fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and other bloodborne pathogens.
  • The use of eye protection is based on the reasonable anticipation of facial exposure. Masks in combination with eye protection devices, such as glasses with solid side shields, goggles, or chin-length face shields, should be worn whenever splashes, spray, spatter, or droplets of blood or other potentially infectious materials may be generated, and eye, nose, or mouth contamination can be reasonably anticipated.
  • Disposable gloves should be replaced as soon as practical after they have become contaminated or as soon as feasible if they are torn, punctured, or their ability to function as a barrier is compromised. Hands must be washed after the removal of gloves used as personal protective equipment (PPE), whether or not the gloves are visibly contaminated.
  • Employees are not permitted to take their PPE or contaminated protective clothing home to clean or launder it. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide, clean or launder, repair, replace, and dispose of PPE and protective clothing.
  • EPA-registered tuberculocidal disinfectants are appropriate to decontaminate equipment or working surfaces that have come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. A solution of 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite (household bleach), diluted between 1:10 and 1:100 with water, is also acceptable for cleaning contaminated surfaces.
     

If you have questions please call me at (229) 207-0664 to discuss them.  
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