A traffic device designed to make roads safer for drivers proved to be the death of a Quincy, Mass., worker. On Oct. 18, 58-year-old Bobby DeCristofaro was repairing a traffic light for the city of Quincy when he fell to his death after his bucket truck was struck by a… Continue Reading Death of City Worker Highlights Need for Protections for Public Workers

eLearning has revolutionized the study arena in many ways. Presently, almost all recognized global universities have eLearning programs for various disciplines. Experts are trying to find out new ways through which students can learn faster and gain better knowledge of subjects so as to impart better learning on the electronic medias.… Continue Reading Using Game Mechanics to Enhance eLearning

A decade’s worth of inspection data in Washington suggests that a visit from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) can be good not just for workplace safety, but also for a company’s bottom line. Researchers with the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program, L&I’s research unit, examined… Continue Reading Washington Study Finds Workplace Inspections Improve Safety, Save Money

There are plenty of reasons to put HIPAA back on your radar, including an audit program and record-setting fines for violations. HIPAA Audit Program The HIPAA audit program mandated by the HITECH Act is underway. HHS recently awarded KPMG $9.2 million to commence the program. To date, HHS review of covered entities… Continue Reading HIPAA Activity on the Rise

Maybe you’ve heard of the term “gamification,” and perhaps you’re wondering what it is and how it can be applied to eLearning. In short, gamification is the use of gameplay mechanics for non-game applications. Almost as important, as a definition of what it is, is a definition of what it’s… Continue Reading Gamification: Using Game Mechanics To Enhance ELearning

HIPAA Compliance: The objective behind  Sensitivity in maintaining individual health record of every person is too significant and this is what gets ensured under HIPAA security compliance, which aims at protecting an individual’s information to be obtained, created, used and maintained electronically at a specific healthcare unit or hospital. As… Continue Reading HIPAA vs The Cloud

A weeklong hearing that could determine the future of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s world-famous killer-whale shows opened Monday with lawyers for the federal government arguing that the company’s animal trainers cannot work safely while in close contact with the world’s largest ocean predator. “Killer whales are large, powerful and non-domesticated… Continue Reading SeaWorld trainers’ safety questioned by OSHA during hearing

In the last 15 years, deaths resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top four causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces. In response to this serious threat to worker safety, OSHA released a new compliance directive on Sept. 8 that offers procedures for agency staff who respond to workplace violence… Continue Reading New OSHA Directive Tackles Workplace Violence Concerns

As many healthcare providers begin using new technology to streamline practices, lower expenditure and improve efficiency, regulatory compliance procedures become more complex. In the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance is among the most important standards to meet, and regulatory entities have recently increased audits and general contingency checks, Mlive reports. According to the… Continue Reading Regulatory Healthcare Entities Look for HIPAA Compliance Improvements

Many security managers say end-user education is a central part of IT security. More regulations are also requiring that organizations demonstrate that they’re conducting such training. Increasingly, organizations are looking to automated, Web-based educational solutions. Pemco Insurance, located in Seattle, implemented a solution from the vendor Cosaint several years ago. Pemco… Continue Reading Bolstering Security Education