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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 »
Trainer's handbook: Jobsite safety inspections: Do your workers know what's required?
October 2015
At a construction worksite, the hazards may change daily--even hourly. To catch and correct hazards that crop up, regular jobsite safety inspections are necessary, and Cal/OSHA requires them as part of your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: What's the difference between 'serious' and 'serious, accident-related'? About $12,600
October 2015
After a worker failed to unplug a band saw before removing the guard to clean out shavings, his employer was cited for three different serious, accident-related violations of Cal/OSHA rules. . . . more »
Temporary workers: Cal/OSHA issues new temp worker guidance
October 2015
A new Cal/OSHA fact sheet details requirements and recommended practices for staffing agencies and other primary employers that send workers out to host employer worksites. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Disrupted routines lead to amputation, fines for employer
September 2015
We all have routines, and ideally they make us more efficient and productive. For example, routinely completing and filing paperwork keeps it from piling up and going undone, and routinely inspecting the worksite can identify problems while they're still small and easily corrected. . . . more »
Process safety management: Federal OSHA issues enforcement guidance on good engineering practices
September 2015
The Chevron Richmond Refinery fire of 2012, and the recommendations of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that arose from it, sent regulatory agencies into a tizzy. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: National Farm Safety and Health Week makes a good time to talk tractor safety
September 2015
September 20 to 26 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, farming accounted for 500 fatalities in 2013, or 23.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that tractors account for more than 20 percent of farm-related deaths, killing about 125 agricultural workers every year. . . . more »
Occupational illness: Korean MERS outbreak raises concerns for workers who travel abroad
September 2015
The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Cases have since been reported in eight other countries in the region as well as the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory. Other nations in the region, including Israel, Iraq, and Syria, have not reported cases but are considered "at risk." . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: How do you take your coffee? Cream? Sugar? Lung disease?
September 2015
It's not news that diacetyl, a chemical used to create butter flavor in prepared foods, can cause deadly lung disease--bronchiolitis obliterans (or "popcorn lung," because it was first identified in workers at a microwave popcorn factory). . . . more »
Featured resource: 10 warehouse safety measures you should implement
September 2015
In 2012, warehouse and storage workers in the United States experienced nearly 12,000 injuries requiring days away from work. More than one in three of the injuries were musculoskeletal disorders, with sprains, strains, and tears the most common by far. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Worker's 'party' status dooms employer's settlement agreement; What went wrong?
August 2015
Sometimes, the outcome of a Cal/OSHA proceeding is determined by elements other than the facts in the case. The way each party in a case manages procedural factors and technicalities can affect the way things turn out. For example, an employer that files its appeal paperwork after the deadline has passed likely won't even get a hearing. . . . more »
Safety management: Most-cited standards and causes of death show where hazards are
August 2015
We all need to set priorities, and when it comes to worker safety and health and regulatory compliance, annual statistics released by Cal/OSHA, federal OSHA, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provide employers with valuable guidance on where they need to focus their attention. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Federal OSHA publishes guidance for nail salon workers
August 2015
In 1975, after the fall of Saigon in South Vietnam, the U.S. government evacuated more than 125,000 South Vietnamese citizens to refugee camps in the United States. At a camp near Sacramento, actress Tippi Hedren (most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds") met 20 Vietnamese women whose plight moved her. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: When it's hotter than hot, train workers in high-heat procedures
August 2015
On March 13, 2015, a Cal/OSHA advisory committee released a report on the agency's heat illness prevention special emphasis program. According to the report, heat-related illnesses and fatalities were down in 2014 (40 confirmed cases and one fatality) compared with 2013 (54 confirmed cases and four fatalities). . . . more »
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