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DOT Adds Semi-Synthetic Opioids to Drug Testing Panel

In an effort to address the national opioid crisis, the Department of Transportation has issued a final rule that expands the DOT drug testing panel to include four semi-synthetic opioids – hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone. The rule takes effective Jan. 1, 2018. In addition to adding semi-synthetic opioids, the DOT has removed methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA)… Read Full Article

OSHA’s Final Rule for Crystalline Silica Exposure Introduces New Challenges for Employers

Once fully implemented, OSHA’s final rule for occupational crystalline silica exposure is estimated to prevent 642 silica-related deaths annually. The amended rule introduces new provisions to protect employees, including advanced medical surveillance requirements. The goal of medical surveillance is to provide early-detection of silica-related illnesses, and enable employees to take actions in response to their… Read Full Article