Yearly Archives: 2019

Do You Hear Marijuana Impairment Red Flags Flapping?

Posted by Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H. Some recently published articles have raised red flags for me – as they should for employers and fellow physicians who are Medical Review Officers (MROs) – with respect to state legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use. Colorado Emergency Cases One flag popped up when the Annals of Internal […]

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Prevention Stand-down Focuses on Falls in Construction

The National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10, focuses focus attention on preventing falls in construction, the leading cause of fatalities in the industry. During the stand-down,  the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) partners with other organizations to encourage employers and workers to pause voluntarily during the workday for safety demonstrations, training in hazard […]

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Spring 2019

As the U.S. workforce ages, employers need to make adjustments to help older employees be productive without compromising their health and safety. Other topics include injury prevention, managing back pain, culture of health, OSHA budget, workers’ comp trends and stress sources

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New York City Council Votes to Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

A precedent-setting city law banning pre-employment drug screening for marijuana was passed by the New York City Council on April  9, 2019. The legislation, Prohibition of drug testing for pre-employment hiring procedures, has been sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his expected signature. Once the law is enacted, employers who are hiring prospective employees […]

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