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The gig economy and worker safety

Uncertainties surround the growing employment trend
The definition of the gig economy is far from clear-cut, but experts agree that the ranks are growing – raising questions about who is responsible for gig workers' on-the-job safety and health.
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No cellphones while driving

Looking to increase worker safety, employers are enacting policies banning use of electronic devices behind the wheel
As part of their efforts to increase worker safety, more employers are enacting policies that ban the use of electronic devices behind the wheel. What are some key elements of a cellphone policy?
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5 elements of forklift safety

Operators balance numerous practices to perform work safely

OSHA estimates that more than 90,000 injuries involving forklifts occur every year. Safety+Health spoke with experts about best practices for keeping forklift operators – and the people who work near them – safe on the job.


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Opioids and the workforce

Expanding epidemic increases need for training, policies
Statistics show 75 percent of the 18- to 64-year-olds who have substance misuse disorders are in the workforce. As the struggles of addiction to opioid painkillers continue to affect worker safety and health, employers are being urged to take action.
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'Wholly committed' to safety

USG Corp. is the latest recipient of the Robert W. Campbell Award
USG Corp. is the latest recipient of the Robert W. Campbell Award, presented annually by the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council to an organization that successfully integrates EHS management with business operations.
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When drones fly

What do safety professionals need to know about this evolving technology?
As commercial use of drones increases, some employers are using the devices to keep workers out of hazardous areas such as confined spaces. But as one expert cautions, “If you’re not trained or don’t have experience, you’re exposing yourself to a lot of common causes of the accidents that we’re familiar with.”
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Keeping aging workers safe

Employers and researchers explore strategies
The proportion of older workers in the United States continues to rise, prompting safety professionals and researchers to strategize about the best ways to accommodate them.
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Worker misclassification

Worker advocates say misclassifying employees as independent contractors allows employers to shirk responsibilities for providing government-mandated worker protections – including a safe and healthy workplace.
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