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Featured resource: Cut back on tree-trimming hazards
August 2014
Joshua Pudsey was helping trim a 60-foot eucalyptus tree at a La Mesa home on November 12, 2013, when a branch fell out of control. Pudsey, a 42-year-old laborer, was struck in the head and thrown to the concrete driveway below. He was declared dead at the scene. . . . more »

Disaster Recovery in California:How to Get Up and Running Safely Following Extreme Weather and Other Natural EventsDisaster Recovery in California:How to Get Up and Running Safely Following Extreme Weather and Other Natural Events
California Employer Resources Safety Webinar
Thursday, August 7, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon (Pacific)

Whether your facility is located along the coast, in the middle of California's deserts, or somewhere in the dense forestlands, at some point an extreme weather event or a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or tsunami, will likely affect your operations. Given the unpredictable and ferocious nature of weather, no one can fully predict or prepare for what may be in store, but you can prepare considerably so you're ready to effectively manage smaller extreme weather events and reasonably, and safely, handle larger events. The real trick is sitting down ahead of time and developing an effective strategy to deal with the potential risks and exposures that could impact your organization. Join us on August 7, when our speaker will explain how to develop a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan under Cal/OSHA that will effectively address extreme weather events. This event will help those who already have an emergency preparedness plan already in place with review and evaluation so they can make valuable upgrades and improvements. . . .
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Successful Multistate OSHA Compliance:Understanding Key Differences Between California and Federal OSHA so Your Golden-State Based Facilities Are Fully CompliantSuccessful Multistate OSHA Compliance:Understanding Key Differences Between California and Federal OSHA so Your Golden-State Based Facilities Are Fully Compliant
California Employer Resources Safety Webinar
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon (Pacific)

Many safety professionals assume that compliance with federal requirements will suffice in the 23 "state"-OSHA plans, but states may impose additional requirements and utilize very different enforcement approaches. Cal/OSHA compliance is especially important because of the number of related areas of legal exposure, including workers comp "serious and willful" claims and enhanced criminal investigation. As a start, the multi-employer business needs to know where the OSHA regulations and approach differ. Join us on July 23 for an in-depth webinar on the underlying differences and legal environment concerning OSHA-related issues in California, and how to identify what needs to be addressed at California facilities to assure compliance. . . .
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Featured resource: Checklist for preventing youth agricultural injuries
July 2014
The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety has published its 2014 fact sheet on childhood agricultural injuries in the United States. More than 955,000 youth were living on the nation's 2.2 million farms in 2012, the fact sheet reported. Nearly half of those living on farms worked on their farms, and another 258,800 nonresident youth worked as hired help. . . . more »

Featured resource: New employee safety orientation checklist
June 2014
You've finally filled some of those open positions, and it's time to put your new employees to work. First, though, you need to make sure they understand your facility's safety ins and outs. This checklist can help you ensure that you cover all of your new employee safety orientation bases. . . . more »


Most Recent Articles
Online exclusive: Infectious disease prevention checklist
COCA Online Exclusive August 2014
After a brief respite in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, infectious "childhood" diseases have come roaring back--and these days, they're not just affecting kids. Adults, too, have been affected by recent epidemics of measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Use our checklist to make sure that your workers don't get caught in the next outbreak. . . . more »

Cal/OSHA cites industrial service provider for confined space accident
August 2014
Cal/OSHA has cited industrial service provider Shar-Craft, Inc., after an investigation of a December 2013 flash fire inside a metal tank that resulted in serious burns to an industrial painter—w . . . more »

FMCSA announces changes to reporting of adjudicated citations
August 2014
Beginning August 23, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will allow motor carriers and drivers to request the removal of roadside inspection violations from agency data syste . . . more »

Appeals Board decisions: When a written IIPP varies from real-time conditions, does it do the job?
August 2014
When you're preparing your injury and illness prevention program (IIPP), you have a lot of boxes to check and items to cover, and it's important that you address each one. . . . more »

Fleet safety: Don't be slow about addressing a leading vehicle safety issue--speeding
August 2014
In the movies, it's exciting and glamorous: Ex-cop Brian O'Connor threads his tricked-out Nissan Skyline smoothly through the Southern California traffic at high speed on his way to a big-money illegal street race. . . . more »

Infectious diseases: Measles makes a comeback, and MERS comes on strong; Are your workers at risk?
August 2014
Between vaccinations and antibiotics, it seemed for a time that the United States was winning the battle against infectious childhood illnesses. That doesn't seem like such a sure thing these days, so employers need to take steps to protect workers from measles and other infectious diseases that are on the rise. . . . more »

Trainer's handbook: Relax! And more tips to prevent sprains, strains, and similar injuries
August 2014
If you had a lost workday incident in 2012, there's a very good chance it was caused by a sprain, strain, or tear. Injuries in that category accounted for 38 percent of total injury and illness cases requiring days away from work--and soreness or pain from nonspecified injuries made up another 15 percent of cases. Taken together, that's more than half of all lost workday incidents in the United States for 2012. . . . more »

Material handling: 8 Cal/OSHA rules for ensuring conveyor safety
August 2014
Ramon Flores worked for EZ Mix, Inc., in Sun Valley, for 12 years. When preparing to take his lunch break on February 19, 2008, he noticed the belt on an inclined conveyor needed cleaning--something he did routinely, two or three times a day. . . . more »

Safety management: Start new workers off on the right foot with a strong safety orientation
August 2014
It's as true in safety as it is in anything else: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When a new worker enters your workplace, you have a chance to convey the importance of your safety program, the basics of your safety culture, and the regard you have for employee safety. . . . more »

Featured resource: Cut back on tree-trimming hazards
August 2014
Joshua Pudsey was helping trim a 60-foot eucalyptus tree at a La Mesa home on November 12, 2013, when a branch fell out of control. Pudsey, a 42-year-old laborer, was struck in the head and thrown to the concrete driveway below. He was declared dead at the scene. . . . more »

Online Exclusive: Checklist for bite and sting prevention
COCA Online Exclusive July 2014
Are your outdoor workers being bugged? Outdoor workers in California may encounter a variety of insects that can transmit diseases or inject venom. Although in most cases this is no more than an annoyance, enough serious diseases and deadly allergies are in play to merit concern. . . . more »

Cal/OSHA targets Bay Area construction sites
July 2014
Following a recent series of fatal accidents in the region, Cal/OSHA is focusing on safety compliance at construction sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. The agency has deployed investigators to insp . . . more »

NIOSH examines ladder fatalities
July 2014
A research team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that 43 percent of fatal falls in the United States have involved a ladder. Among all workers, about 20 percent of fa . . . more »

Appeals Board decisions: Just because it's 'in writing' doesn't mean it's a 'written plan'
July 2014
On August 15, 2012, Cal/OSHA inspected the worksite of Rosendin Electric, an electrical subcontractor performing work in a Sacramento parking garage. The inspector requested a copy of Rosendin's heat illness prevention plan, but the employer was unable to provide one at the time. . . . more »

Standards update: Title 8 revisions take effect July 1
July 2014
The state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has finalized changes that are effective July 1 for Cal/OSHA standards in five areas: hand protection, digger derricks, powered industrial trucks, compaction equipment, and crane hand signals. . . . more »

Injury prevention: Don't let these 4 hazards give you the summertime blues!
July 2014
California summer is back in full swing. That may mean long hours on the beach or hiking in the mountains, but it could also mean long days in the field or at the construction site and hot days indoors in the workplace. Are you prepared to face the worst that California's sunny, sweltering weather has to offer? . . . more »

Trainer's handbook: Give your restaurant workers some (safety) tips
July 2014
Want a recipe for danger? Put a lot of people in a tight space with lots of sharp edges, hot surfaces, open flames, and chemicals--and then put a lot of pressure on them to move quickly. If you've got a restaurant, you've got workers who are at risk for a whole menu of injuries. Proper training can alert them to hazards and enhance their safety. . . . more »

Safety management: Fatalities, most-cited standards give a picture of state's safety by numbers
July 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has finalized its 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), revising California's figures slightly upward from 339 to 375. Nationwide, 4,628 workers were killed in 2012, the second-lowest annual total recorded since 1992, when the first CFOI was conducted. And Cal/OSHA has released its list of most-cited standards for 2013. Read on for a numerical overview of California workplace safety. . . . more »

Workplace violence: Train healthcare workers to respond more effectively
July 2014
In 2013, two nurses at a Milwaukee hospital heard gunshots. Instead of taking cover, they ran toward the gunfire. Only when they spotted the armed man running at them did they turn and flee. . . . more »

Featured resource: Checklist for preventing youth agricultural injuries
July 2014
The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety has published its 2014 fact sheet on childhood agricultural injuries in the United States. More than 955,000 youth were living on the nation's 2.2 million farms in 2012, the fact sheet reported. Nearly half of those living on farms worked on their farms, and another 258,800 nonresident youth worked as hired help. . . . more »

Online Exclusive: Ladder safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive June 2014
According to an analysis published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an April 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder. Among all workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders. Among construction workers, the rate is much higher--an estimated 81 percent of construction-related fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder. . . . more »

Study highlights effect of sleep deprivation on productivity
June 2014
A recent study by the Virgin Pulse Institute suggests that 76 percent of the workforce is tired most weekdays and 15 percent have fallen asleep on the job at least on . . . more »

Cal/OSHA proposes penalties of $91,865 for fatal tree-trimming accident
June 2014
Cal/OSHA has issued citations with proposed penalties of $91,865 to Three Frogs, Inc., a La Mesa-based real estate investment company. An employee was killed in November 2013 when he was struck by a l . . . more »

Fleet safety: Don't let these roadway hazards slide under your radar
June 2014
Your fleet safety program probably covers distractions like texting, factors like alcohol and fatigue that affect driver alertness, and behaviors like speeding and tailgating that lead to accidents. And you're no doubt on top of the need for regular vehicle inspections and maintenance. . . . more »

Welding: Protect workers from the 4 most common hazards of MIG welding
June 2014
Whether you're a large heavy equipment manufacturer with a stable of experienced welders or a small job shop where welding equipment is used infrequently, odds are you use the same type of equipment: a metal inert gas (MIG) welder. . . . more »

Trainer's handbook: Safety basics in the laboratory can keep workers on the bench
June 2014
For lab workers, being in the game means being on the bench. But if workers let hazardous chemicals get to them in ways that cause occupational asthma, allergic reactions, or more serious illnesses, they won't be able to stay on the bench. Provide your lab workers with guidance that will help keep them in the game for many years. . . . more »

Appeals Board decisions: Was a temporary shade structure a shady deal for workers?
June 2014
On April 21, 2009, about 30 workers for Sunrise Growers Frozsun Foods, of Placentia, were harvesting strawberries. The day started out mild, but by 11:00 a.m., temperatures climbed above 90 degrees, and workers needed a break and some shade. . . . more »

Agriculture: Don't stay in the dark about the hazards of nighttime field work
June 2014
In the hot, dry California summer, it may seem like a no-brainer to wait until the sun goes down before you head outside to work or play. Agricultural employers are increasingly using nighttime hours to harvest crops, apply pesticides, and perform other essential farm-related tasks. . . . more »

Featured resource: New employee safety orientation checklist
June 2014
You've finally filled some of those open positions, and it's time to put your new employees to work. First, though, you need to make sure they understand your facility's safety ins and outs. This checklist can help you ensure that you cover all of your new employee safety orientation bases. . . . more »

Online Exclusive: Safety checklist for bicycle commuters
COCA Online Exclusive May 2014
May is Bike to Work month in California and nationwide, and May 8, 2014, marks the state's 20th annual Bike to Work Day. Supporters of the bike-to-work movement point out that bikes enhance traffic conditions, environmental conditions, and personal health. . . . more »


Featured Articles
Featured Resource: This Is a Fire Drill … Checklist
April 2012
When was your last fire or emergency evacuation drill? If more than six months ago, it's time to think about staging another. Careful planning and evaluation can help you get the most out of your drills. Use our checklist to help with both. . . . more »

Compliance Checklist: Lockout/Tagout
COCA Online Exclusive
Employers whose lockout/tagout programs are incomplete risk serious injuries to workers, and steep fines from DOSH. Use this checklist to make sure that the basic elements of your lockout/tagout program are in place. . . . more »

Infection Control Checklist
Updated November 2010
Antibiotic-resistant microorganisms are becoming increasingly common. In part, this is due to the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which tends to breed resistant strains. Another factor is the spread of these organisms from the immunocompromised populations where they first . . . more »

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