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Employee Drug & Alcohol Use Rising During COVID-19

In a study conducted by The Recovery Village® , 63% of employed participants said they’d increased their substance use during COVID-19. This statistic supports expert predictions that substance abuse will rise throughout the pandemic, in addition to rates of addiction afterward due to stress, isolation, boredom and decreased access to recovery resources. With substance abuse increasing and …

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OSHA Increases Efforts to Enforce Silica Standards

Jan. 4, 2020, OSHA revised its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards. These …

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FMCSA Clearinghouse Brings New Requirements to FMCSA Employers

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is fully operational and mandatory use is now in effect. The Clearinghouse is an online database that contains information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations.  The purpose of the Clearinghouse is to improve road safety by providing FMCSA and employers resources to …

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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana “Unity Bill” Takes Effect August 29, 2019

  TULSA, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, commonly referred to as the medical marijuana “Unity Bill,” took effect August 29, 2019. This bill provides regulatory clarity to Oklahoma’s existing medical marijuana law, and includes provisions to help Oklahoma employers reduce safety risks in the workplace. As stated in the original medical …

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