Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Year's Resolution # 1: Familiarize self with OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Changes

Attention Employers:  OSHA has made changes to their recordkeeping and injury-reporting rules.  These changes go into effect on Jan 1, 2015. 
 
Here's a link to OSHA's page describing all of the changes:  https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html
 
The Jan 1 changes include:

Updated list of injuries that all employers must report to OSHA:
  1. All work-related fatalities (within 8 hours of learning about the incident)
  2. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees (within 24 hours)
  3. All work-related amputations  (within 24 hours)
  4. All work-related losses of an eye  (within 24 hours)

Updates to list of industries that are required to keep records. 
 
If you've been previously exempt, you may want to double check this list to see if your number has been called:   https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/reporting_industries.html


Updates to list of industries that are exempt from keeping OSHA illness and injury records

This list includes:

  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year.  (this isn't an update.  They're just confirming the 10 employee rule)
  • Establishments in certain low hazard industries as classified by NAICS code.  The new list can be found here:   https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ppt1/RK1exempttable.html

That's the gist of the updates.  However, are you unsure about your recordkeeping requirements under OSHA?  Here are some copy and pastes from OSHA's to help guide you:
 
Employers with more than ten employees and whose establishments are not classified as a partially exempt industry must record work-related injuries and illnesses using OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301, available here. Partially exempt industries include establishments in specific low hazard retail, service, finance, insurance or real estate industries and are listed in Appendix A to Subpart B and here.
 
What type of injuries do I have to report?
  • Covered employers must record all work-related fatalities.
  • Covered employers must record all work-related injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, loss of consciousness or medical treatment beyond first aid (see OSHA's definition of first aid below).
  • In addition, employers must record significant work-related injuries or illnesses diagnoses by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.
 
For the full detail, go here:  https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/
 
 
 



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DON'T BE PHISH FOOD: Chase online access temporarily disabled

Did you ever get one of those emails from your bank warning you that your account had been suspended?  Thankfully, they provide a convenient link for you to click and enter your login information to set everything right again.  If it seems too threatening yet easy to fix, then it probably is!

Keep your data secure and don't click on the link!

I received one of these emails today, and I shared it with my reliable IT guy, Gary Moonan of Have Tex (www.havetex.com).  Gary broke it down for me.  See his response below…

 

From: Gary Moonan [mailto:Gary@havetex.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:41 AM
To: Jimmy Norton
Subject: Good catch and stop!!! RE: Chase online access temporarily disabled

 

Here's what it really says:

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

From: Chase <ChaseNotification@Secureserver.net <mailto:ChaseNotification@secureserver.net> >  I believe this is a GoDaddy email

Date: November 18, 2014 at 6:22:14 AM EST

To: Undisclosed recipients:;

Subject: Chase online access temporarily disabled

 

New Page 4

 

Dear Customer,

 

We are dedicated to providing you with a secure online environment. As part of Chase security measures we regularly screening the accounts in our system. We recently reviewed your account and we require additional verification.

 

This verification provides an extra level of security on your account. Verifying your details will only take few minutes. If you don't follow these instructions you may be liable for any loss arising from an unauthorized transaction.

 

Please, follow URL bellow and verify your account details.

 

Online verification process  <http://disaXXXxxxXXX.ukzn.ac.za/libraries/phpgacl/gacl.html>    ******* web site located in ZA(South Africa)

 

Description: http://www.disXXXxxxXXXX.com/discover/images/vpo/clear.gif

 

If you've forgotten your chase login information, you'll have the chance to retrieve it there.

Description: http://www.disXXXxxxXXXX.com/discover/images/vpo/clear.gif

 

 

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Gary Moonan, Principal Technologist

Have Tex - Hassle Free IT for Your Business

 

Gary@HaveTex.com

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