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Working in the Heat

By OSHA, Workplace Safety
It’s officially summer, and businesses that have employees working outside should be aware of the risks of heat-related illness. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 700 people die each year from excessive heat, and more than 67,000 people visit an emergency room due to heat-related illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) states that an employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities recognized…
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Types of Drug Testing Available to Employers

By Drug Testing, HR, Workplace Safety
MarathonHR has long advocated for the importance of drug testing in the workplace, both for new hires and as an ongoing condition of employment. Not only does substance use affect a business’s productivity; it creates significant safety concerns and liabilities. Types of Drug Tests Available There are several drug tests available that use different types of biological samples. Saliva drug testing. Saliva drug testing is performed using a mouth swab. These tests are considered more…
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Are Advanced Biometric Time Clocks Worth the Investment?

By HR, Payroll, Workplace Safety
MarathonHR offers an array of convenient and accurate timekeeping options for clients. As part of our services, we provide timeclock packages and a desktop app for clocking in that doesn’t require the employer to purchase special software. For employers who wish to use a physical device, biometric timeclocks are a popular option. What are Biometric Timeclocks? Biometric timeclocks are physical, electronic devices that capture unique identifiable features from employees when they clock in and out.…
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Rescreening Employees Protects Your Business from Unnecessary Risks

By Workplace Safety
As an employer, you may require a rigorous pre-employment screening process for a new hire. However, if you’re not regularly rescreening employees throughout their employment, you may be putting both personnel and the company at risk. Routine Workplace Screening is a Must Employers, particularly those with employees in field-based roles or jobs subject to injury, want to protect themselves from risky behavior. For example, if you have an employee driving a company car, you need…
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OSHA Deploys Aggressive New Workplace Safety Plan

By OSHA, Workplace Safety
In January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it would expand surveillance for what are known as ‘instance-by-instance’ (IBI) citations. Its new enforcement plan empowers Regional Administrators and Area Directors to apply stiffer penalties for IBI citations in a way that will achieve a “deterrent effect.” This new guidance covers general industries, as well as agriculture, maritime and construction industries. Workplace Accidents Do Happen Concern about workplace safety is justified. In 2021,…
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