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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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