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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a new Opioid Toolkit for employers. The opioid toolkit, from the National Safety Council, aims to help employers create workplace safety programs focused on opioids. The toolkit will help employers understand how opioids can affect the workplace, recognize signs of impairment, educate employees on the risks of opioids use, develop HR policies and support, and much more. These policies and procedures are becoming more and more relevant as States pass medicinal and recreational marijuana laws.

For more information on the Opioid Toolkit, click here.

In addition, OSHA has made updates to its Field Operations Manual. The updates are designed to help inspectors more effectively protect workers from occupational hazards. Some of those updates include Enforcement Follow-Up and Monitoring Inspection, Refusal to Permit Inspection and Interference, Fatality and Catastrophe Investigations, Citable Program Element, and much more. Employers can also use the Manual to understand the inspection and citation process as well as establishing a defense to citations.  To view the complete Field Operations Manual, click here.

For more information, please contact Joseph F. Spitzzeri, Joseph B. Carini, III, or Katie E. Gorrie.

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