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VIAW Newswire 08.07.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
Two new compliance assistance resources are available for employers to assist them in meeting the requirements of OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard. A new fact sheet (PDF*) discusses the training topics that employers must cover for the initial Dec. 1, 2013 deadline. By this date, employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet format. In addition, a new OSHA brief (PDF*) explains the new labeling elements,

Liability Claim Collateral Source Payments Subject to MSP
Medicare is not required to abide by a stipulated order of allocation of benefits in a liability case when seeking reimbursement under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP). Also, the New Jersey Collateral Source Statute (“NJCSS”)did not apply to MSP reimbursement claims and collateral proceeds were reimbursable.

High Disability Rates Persist in Old Age
Weird berries. Capsules of unpronounceable supplements. Yoga or tai chi. Crossword puzzles. Such amulets, we’re told, may ward off disability — which is the real fear that accompanies aging, isn’t it? Not the sheer number of years that will have passed, but the things we’ll no longer be able to do.

Paper or Plastic: A Reusable Workplace Hazard From The Grocery Store
Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman, from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law in New Jersey. After I got past my initial response of “yuck” with not thinking about the hazards of using reusable bags, I realized that it’s a good idea for many reasons to wash reusable grocery bags occasionally. And if they can’t be washed, to think seriously about whether they should be reused or not. This is an especially timely issue because unfortunately the recent outbreak of cyclospora was traced to contaminated prepackaged salad mix in grocery stores from Iowa and Nebraska. It’s a parasite that’s sickened over 370 people, 78 in Nebraskans and folks in Iowa, Texas, and elsewhere in a total of 13 states, although it’s not known if all the incidents are related to the salad mix according to this article. So even though the culprit of local contamination has been found, it’s still a good idea to figure out a way to keep your reusable bags clean, because after all, they’re transporting food for you and your loved ones.

How Workers’ Compensation Settlements Affect Social Security Benefits
It is fairly common for an injured worker to receive Social Security disability benefits and also receive a settlement for workers’ compensation. According to Social Security, “If you receive workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits, the total amount of these benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of your average current earnings before you became disabled.”

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