What safety products does my business need?

Safety Products come in 5 categories: 1. Safety Signs and Tags 2. Storage and Handling (including HazMat spill kits) 3. Safety Posters 4. Safety Training 5. Parking and Directional Signage 1. Do you need safety signs or asset tags?  For safety reasons or OSHA compliance, many businesses need safety signs, equipment labels, and asset tags.  Consider …

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Is your Business ready for an Earthquake?

Are you prepared for an earthquake or other natural disaster?  Your business should plan ahead for a natural disaster, considering the safety of 1)customers, 2) employees, and 3) records. Customer and Employee Safety: Be sure that you are ready in the following areas: 1. Basic protection- smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, Haz-mat spill …

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How do you handle employee drug abuse?

Do you have a "Charlie Sheen" working for you?  Recently, famous actor Charlie Sheen made headlines for his alleged drug abuse, odd behavior, and legal problems.  His very public rants against his employer included verbal attacks, lawsuit threats, and bizarre accusations.  The result?  Shows were cancelled, dozens of people were laid off, and bad publicity …

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What is an OSHA Form 300 and why do I have to post it?

Required posting of injury report.  All employers with 10 or more employees must post an OSHA Form 300a in a prominent area at their facilities.  This form reports all of your workplace injuries for last year.  Certain low-hazard industries have partial exemption from some of the OSHA reporting requirements.  (Determined by your SIC code, but mainly includes retail, …

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How do I get safety signs for my business?

Do you need safety signs or asset tags?  For safety reasons or OSHA compliance, many businesses need safety signs, equipment labels, and asset tags.  Consider Seton, an excellent online source for your warehouse signs, warning labels and more: Do you need help with material handling or storage?  Consider C&H Distributers for everything from pallet jacks to …

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What is the deadline for issuing Form W-2s to my employees?

Employers need to "furnish" employee W-2 forms by January 31st.  That means that the forms must be properly addressed and mailed before that due date.  You can also hand them out in person by that date.  Failure to furnish the W-2 forms by the deadline can result in fines. Must the Form W-2 report the value of …

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Must I give an employee Sick Leave?

Is paid Sick Time mandatory? Neither federal law nor any state law requires a private employer to provide employees with sick pay.  (There are a few local exceptions- see below)  However, you may be required to provide employees unpaid time off, depending on your company's size and location.  Federal regulations require that employers with 50 or …

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Do I have to give employees a lunch break?

Employers have many questions concerning meal breaks: Are you required to give an employee a lunch break?  Is it only for those who work 8 hours?  How long should an employee lunch be?  30 minutes?  1 hour?  Should it be paid or not paid?  Did you know that only 20 states require private employers to …

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