Monthly Archives: February 2016

In local news:

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Deepwater Horizon rig supervisor Robert Kaluza made opening statements yesterday in a trial expected to last 13 days.

In national news:

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health rejected proposed regulations Thursday that would have required actors in all pornography films statewide to use condoms, dental dams and potentially eye gear on set.

In safety news:

OSHA aims to publish interim guidance on protecting workers from occupational exposure to the Zika virus this Spring.

Senate Labor Chairman Neil Riser on the Upcoming 2016 Session and his Experience on Both Sides of the Comp System

The latest Louisiana Legislature is now in place for a special session to solve the state’s budget crisis. Ahead of the 2016 regular session which begins March 14th, Senator Neil Riser (R – Columbia), the new Chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, found time to sit down with Louisiana Comp Blog and discuss his priorities, goals and experience as he takes on the leadership role.

In national news:

The Center for Public Integrity published an article in its “Science for Sale” series on Ford Motors’ efforts to debunk asbestos claims from former mechanics.

In industry news:

Colorado’s state-chartered workers’ compensation insurer, Pinnacol Assurance, has released proposed language for legislation that would allow the company to sell comp policies outside the state.

In pharmacy news:

Roberto Ceniceros, comp columnist for Risk & Insurance, wrote about prescription drug hazards beyond opioids, focusing in on drug interactions from commonly prescribed medications like Ambien and anti-anxiety pills.

In safety news:

OSHA announced the 2016 Step-Up for Safety in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry to raise awareness among employers and workers about hazards in oil and gas exploration.