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Enforcement: Worker's deadly fall leads to manslaughter charges against owner and foreman
December 2015
In the November 2015 issue of COCA, we told you about the criminal sentencing of the owner and project manager at Milpitas-based U.S.-Sino Investments for the death of a 36-year-old worker. Day laborer Raul Zapata died when an unprotected 12-foot excavation wall collapsed on him. . . . more »
Safety management: Expand your safety culture to contractors and suppliers
December 2015
Your safety culture--the attitudes and habits underlying safety and health practices in your workplace--is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward your contractors' and suppliers' safety practices. . . . more »
Workers' compensation: Prescription drugs are driving up your workers' comp costs; What you can do
December 2015
Do your workers have a problem with prescription painkillers? Odds are that some of them do--and that the number is increasing. Use of opioid painkillers like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, and Percoset® has increased throughout the United States since the 1990s, when new formulations made the drugs practical to use for long-term, chronic pain. The drugs are effective at fighting pain, but their side effects include addiction and deadly overdoses. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Achieve safety under pressure by training workers to handle compressed gases
December 2015
Trainer's handbook Achieve safety under pressure by training workers to handle compressed gases . . . more »
Hazard identification: Fatality rates decreased in 2014, especially for one high-risk group
December 2015
Fatal work injuries declined 16 percent to 334 deaths in 2014, down from 396 the year before, according to new preliminary 2014 workplace statistics for California released by the state Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The DIR conducts the annual survey, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) together with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. . . . more »
Featured resource: Tips for trainers
December 2015
You must train your workers so they know the hazards of the workplace, the precautions you've put in place, their role in safety, and how to properly use their equipment to protect themselves. But not all training is effective. How can you make sure your training sessions get the job done? . . . more »
Enforcement: Ignored stop-work notice leads to 1 dead worker, 2 years in jail for employer
November 2015
In the construction industry, when a contractor performs work that the client doesn't pay for in a timely manner, the contractor can file a "stop-work notice" demanding to be paid before any more work is done. But contractors aren't the only parties who can stop work at a site. Building inspectors, site owners, and some state regulatory agencies can issue "stop-work notices" or similar injunctions that will cause the worksite to be shut down. . . . more »
Hazard communication: The next GHS implementation deadline is December 1; How's your compliance?
November 2015
When federal OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2012, a compliance clock started ticking. And when Cal/OSHA began adopting the federal rule, it retained federal OSHA's deadlines, meaning California employers don't have extra time to comply with the changes. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Were the employer's confined space procedures adequately protective?
November 2015
Confined spaces can be death traps for workers, isolating them in a space they cannot easily escape in the presence of invisible, subtly accumulating hazards like flammable or oxygen-deficient atmosph . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Make sure workers understand how machine guarding and lockout/tagout work
November 2015
A machine that's operating should have guards in place to protect workers from placing themselves in harm's way. When a machine is shut down, workers face a different type of hazard: unexpected startups or movement. Machine guarding and lockout/tagout work together to protect employees from machinery hazards at all points in the production process. But do your workers fully understand these safeguards? . . . more »
Safety management: Cal/OSHA fact sheet details workers' rights; Employers need to know them, too
November 2015
You know that you have to comply with Cal/OSHA regulations that cover safety and health hazards in your workplace. You know that if Cal/OSHA inspects your facility and cites you for violations, you have a right to appeal. But are your workers just as familiar with their rights and responsibilities under Cal/OSHA rules? They should be--and so should you. . . . more »
Respiratory protection: New online tool can help you choose the best protection against bioaerosols
November 2015
When it comes to respiratory hazards in the workplace, the traditional bogeymen are particulates, like cancer-causing asbestos; organic vapors, like toluene and pesticides; fumes, like those generated by welding; and acid mists. . . . more »
Featured resource: Identify and control conveyor hazards
November 2015
Augers, conveyors, chutes, and other equipment that move materials along can increase productivity and reduce the amount of manual material handling workers must do, substantially lowering the risk of ergonomic injuries caused by overexertion. They can also help prevent other types of injuries, like crushing injuries caused by dropped objects. . . . more »
Inspections: Cal/OSHA responds to Fed/OSHA criticisms, promises tougher enforcement
October 2015
Does Cal/OSHA conduct enough health inspections? When the agency inspects, does it issue citations in a timely manner? And does it keep up with follow-up inspections for serious violations? How about its complaint response times? . . . more »
Standards update: Cal/OSHA revises standards on storage batteries, fuel stations
October 2015
Two new rules took effect on October 1, 2015, affecting the changing and charging of storage batteries and electrical safety at fuel stations. Here's what you need to know. . . . more »
Wellness: EEOC issues proposed wellness program rule; What you need to know
October 2015
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a proposed rule that provides guidance on how wellness programs can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). We'll highlight some of the most important provisions. . . . more »
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