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Subject:                          Proactive ergonomics • DOL oversight of workers’ comp • Okla. Option outcomes • mixed views of ColoradoCare • DEA cutting opioid production • demand for safety professionals • and more.


mixed views of ColoradoCare • DEA cutting opioid production • demand for safety professionals • and more.

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Time to Prioritize Proactive Ergonomics

Ergonomics safety programs reduce injuries and help organizations reach operational goals.

Safety | 5 min read



Regulatory Watch


Feds Propose Increased Oversight of Workers’ Comp

In a report released Oct. 5, the U.S. Labor Department is elevating the debate over whether federal oversight of state workers' comp programs is warranted.

Legal/Regulatory | 4 min read





Risk Insider: Bill Minick


Performance Report Clearly Defines Oklahoma Option Success

Despite an adverse ruling from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the option achieved impressive results for injured workers and employers.

Risk Insider |2 min read



Legislative Watch


Comp Community Has Eyes on ColoradoCare

Opinions are mixed on whether Colorado's proposed single-payer system would be helpful or harmful for workers' comp payers.

Claims | 7 min read

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Best From Elsewhere

A Mega-Case Puts Opioids On Trial

// Washington Post

A state judge will decide whether the Mississippi Attorney General can proceed with a suit against opioid manufacturers, alleging that the companies illegally promoted the drugs by understating their health risks and exaggerating their benefits.

DEA to Cut Production of Prescription Opioids

// Huffington Post

The DEA finalized an order to cut production of a variety of Schedule I and II drugs by 25 percent in 2017, including addictive narcotics like oxycodone, hydromorphone, codeine and fentanyl.

Worker Safety Means Productivity Improvements

// mobi health news

Plenty of penalties are dealt out when on-the-job injuries occur, but there’s a real upside to a proactive approach that creates a safety culture.

Fitbit Publishes Results of Corporate Wellness Study

// mobi health news

Fitbit has moved to validate its usefulness by announcing its new research library and the results of a corporate wellness study.

DOL Report Calls for Federal Oversight of Workers' Comp

// HR Dive

State workers compensation laws are heading in the wrong direction, according to a new report from the Labor Dept. that calls for the "exploration" of federal oversight and federal minimum benefits.

DOL Appoints AECOM Exec to Construction Advisory Committee

// ConstructionDive

Global engineering and construction firm AECOM announced that Andrew Peters, SVP and chief safety officer, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health.

Workplace Safety, Health Professionals in Demand

// Bloomberg

The work group of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health is looking at what steps federal workplace safety agencies can take to encourage more students to choose a workplace safety and health career.

Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation System under New Scrutiny

// The Washington Times

Courts say that significant parts of Oklahoma’s revised workers’ compensation system violate the state constitution and do not provide adequate protection to workers.

Federal Workers' Comp Intervention Would Be 'Troubling' to Business

// Corporate Counsel

Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, called the Labor Department report "troubling" and said it represents "another threat of federal overreach.”

OSHA Urges Caution in Storm Recovery


OSHA is warning emergency workers of serious hazards as recovery begins following Hurricane Matthew, advising that only properly trained and adequately equipped workers should conduct cleanup activities.

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