Content about Occupational safety and health

May 2, 2014

The increased severity and frequency of storms and other catastrophic events has put a white-hot spotlight on disaster planning. No retailer can afford to be unprepared. Three disaster readiness experts shared insights on how retailers can best avoid catastrophe before it happens during the SPECS workshop session, “Disaster Zone — Before the Storm.”

Moderator Gregg Beatty, president of embc, kicked things off by reviewing the “three Rs” of dealing with a disaster — readiness, response and recovery.

May 2, 2014

Record-breaking frigid temperatures and snowfall from the recent polar vortex incursion have made unprecedented demands on the nation’s power supply. As some owners of shopping malls and retail centers have discovered, this has left large retail destinations more vulnerable than ever to blackouts, has damaged operational continuity and impacted the bottom line for businesses across the country. The impact has been particularly punishing in places like the Deep South that are not accustomed to, or prepared for, such harsh winter weather conditions.

March 4, 2014

From mat management to the use of proper cleaning products, prevention is, of course, key to slip and fall management in retail stores. But there are two additional key areas that should be addressed — management communication and accountability. Indeed, sharing information and holding department managers accountable for results can reap numerous benefits for a company.

January 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited fashion retail chain Forever 21 for exposing employees to safety hazards at its stores in Paramus, N.J., and Manhattan.

New York -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited fashion retail chain Forever 21 for exposing employees to safety hazards at its stores in Paramus, N.J., and Manhattan. OSHA inspected both stores in July after receiving complaints alleging violations and proposed $236,500 in penalties.

November 20, 2013

Earlier this month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the International Labor Organization (ILO), technical experts from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) came to agreement on a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards, pending a few final modifications.

Washington, D.C. - Earlier this month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the International Labor Organization (ILO), technical experts from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) came to agreement on a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards, pending a few final modifications.

June 26, 2013

Boston-based class action law firm Block & Leviton said it is investigating claims that Lumber Liquidators Holdings sold floors to consumers with illegal levels of formaldehyde.

Toano, Va. – Boston-based class action law firm Block & Leviton said it is investigating claims that Lumber Liquidators Holdings sold floors to consumers with illegal levels of formaldehyde. Independent testing conducted at two different IAS-certified laboratories has reportedly revealed formaldehyde levels as high 0.17 ppm, three-and-a-half times the government mandated maximum emission level, in Mayflower flooring.

April 11, 2011

By Lonnie Giamela, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

By Lonnie Giamela, lgiamela@laborlawyers.com

Generation Y workers, defined as those individuals born between 1977 and 1995, are becoming an increasing part of our workforce.  These individuals occupy a wide variety of positions from cashiers at a retail store, to warehouse employees at a distribution center, to administrative employees at a corporate office.

November 2, 2010

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Wednesday sent a...

July 22, 2010

Home Depot has received a $112,000 fine from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety...

May 12, 2010

As the recession eases and companies begin to add to strained staffs, retail employers are...

September 30, 2007

Increasingly, retail-facility managers are looking to go green with regard to store maintenance. A big...