Posts Tagged ‘How to’

May Tip of the Month: 3 Steps to Prevent Workplace Violence

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Compliance Tip of the MonthWorkplace violence is a risk that can be managed. It should be a priority for all HR managers because homicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the workplace for all workers, and it is the #1 cause of death for women in the workplace (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Are your employees safe? Take these three steps to ensure a safe work environment.

3 Steps to Prevent Workplace Violence

1.    Assess risk

  • External factors- crime rate around work location, hours of operation, working with public, etc.
  • Internal factors- intense workloads, restructuring, ignoring warning signs etc.

2.    Plan of action

  • Workplace security measures to manage identified risks
  • Zero Tolerance and Violence Prevention Policies communicated and acknowledge by all employees

3.    Educate workforce to recognize, report and prevent occurrences of violence
Learn how to make the three steps work for you in this free recorded webinar:
How to Prevent Violence in the Workplace

How to Handle an OSHA Inspection

Friday, April 13th, 2012

OSHA inspections are on the rise. This video by KPA’s Janet Wimmer covers how to be prepared for an inspection if OSHA shows up on your door today. It includes an overview about the inspection process, which documents you’ll be required to produce, questions you should ask the compliance officer, and how to manage the site visit.

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March Tip of the Month: Make Sure Your Employees and Independent Contractors Are Correctly Classified.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Compliance Tip of the MonthDetermination of worker classification can be complicated but is essential to ensure proper wage and tax payments.  Improper classification can result in governmental fines and wage and hour lawsuits. The IRS and the Department of Labor have both stated their intent to reinvigorated enforcement efforts to end misclassification of employees as independent contractors. On September 19, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) signed a memorandum of understanding to share information and coordinate law enforcement on employee misclassification compliance. Two days later, the IRS launched the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP).  Various studies have shown that 10 to 30 percent or more of employers misclassify workers as independent contractors.

This whitepaper is an overview of the classification of Employee vs Independent Contractor, and has three quick test that help employers determine how to classify.

 

 

Quick Take: 6H Rule Explained for Autobody Shops

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


This video by KPA Field Engineer, Lori Matthews explains what the EPA’s 6H rule means for autobody shops. The rule is intended to reduce the public’s exposure of HAP’s that are generated from paint stripping and/or surface coating operations.  There are six parts to the rule:

  • Training
  • Paint gun selection
  • Spray gun cleaning
  • Spray enclosures
  • Notification to the EPA
  • Recordkeeping

The point:

Compliance with the 6H law is manageable. There are six parts to remember, and some important deadlines to keep. Contact your KPA field engineer if you have any questions, and check your progress with this helpful 6H Rule Compliance Checklist.