Preparing for New Cyber Threats

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, News, Risk Management

According to an article by Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk, published on Leader’s Edge website, as companies look to the year ahead, they should make sure they are prepared for the types of cyber attacks they might encounter in 2019. The cyber threat environment is more sophisticated than ever, and nation-states have increasingly played a role, often in coordination with other actors. Even the best chief information security officers are evaluating their programs against current threats and beefing up.   Tell me more >>>

September is National Preparedness Month

Matt Olphin News, Risk Management

United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. Access OSHA emergency preparedness and response pages >>>

OSHA Penalty Adjustments – Updated NOW for 2018

Matt Olphin News, Risk Management

In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. The new penalties took effect after August 1, 2016 and increased at the beginning of 2017 and now again at the beginning of 2018. Feel free to share this information with clients and prospects as appropriate using the OSHA New Penalty Schedule for 2018 compiled by our Risk Control Solutions.

Submitting Workplace Injury And Illness Data Electronically To OSHA In 2018 And Beyond

Matt Olphin Risk Management

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation, as well as establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses may now begin electronically submitting the 2017 data. The deadline for covered establishments to electronically submit 2017 workplace injury and illness information to OSHA is July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted to OSHA by March 2nd. The requirement to provide injury and illness information to OSHA should not be confused with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Annual Survey, a survey some companies receive requesting work-related injury and illness information. From OSHA’s FAQ page asking if establishments …

Winter Has Arrived

Amy Mitchell Insurance, News, Risk Management

Winter tips from Paul Davis Restoration of Lancaster & Lebanon Counties …And it appears that the 2018 winter months are going to feature a nationwide split between colder and wetter-than-average conditions in many parts of the northern tier U.S., while the southern tier states will experience warmer and drier-than-average conditions overall, according to The Weather Company, an IBM Business. In addition, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) sees that weak La Niña conditions have already officially developed and forecast a 65 to 75 percent chance of persisting through the 2018 winter months. January through February temperature outlooks from both The Weather Company and NOAA feature some similarities to what is typically expected in a La Niña winter. They suggest the …

Often, Opioid Abuse Becomes a Family Affair

Denise Gillin Health Benefits, News, Risk Management

Opioid addiction often starts in the family medicine cabinet, a new study warns. If someone is taking prescription opioids for pain, such as OxyContin, it’s more likely that others living in the home will also get an opioid prescription, the researchers found. “Prescription opioid use may spread within households, and patients may need to consider the risks to other family members,” said lead researcher Marissa Seamans. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s department of mental health in Baltimore. Read more here >>>

Emergency Planning: Pets and Livestock

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

If you own pets or livestock, it’s important to include them in your emergency planning. As you begin to think about disaster preparedness for your pets, keep in mind that what’s best for you is usually what’s best for your animals. If you evacuate your home, DO NOT leave your pets behind. However, because many public shelters will not allow animals inside, you should plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Below are some guidelines to help you prepare to meet the needs of pets and livestock in the event of a disaster. Read the guidelines >>>

Winter Safety: 10 Hypothermia Symptoms

Matt Olphin News, Risk Management

Winter is coming, and prepping workers for cold temperatures should start well before the first snowflake falls. Proper PPE should include multiple layers of protection, both moisture-wicking and wind-resistant, as well as gloves and hard hat liners. Dressing improperly, wetness/dampness and preexisting conditions can contribute to cold stress and hypothermia, a condition that occurs when the body’s temperature begins to fall to dangerous levels, resulting in tissue damage and even death. Read the full article >>>

OSHA Announces Two-Week Deadline Extension For Electronic Reporting of Injury, Illness Data

Matt Olphin News, Risk Management

OSHA has delayed until Dec. 15 the compliance date for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. The agency’s final rule is scheduled to be published in the Nov. 24 Federal Register. The delay allows “affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system,” OSHA states in a Nov. 22 press release. Read the full article >>>