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Featured resource: Get out! A checklist for inspecting your emergency escape routes
January 2016
In the event of a fire, chemical release, or similar disaster, your workers might need to leave the building quickly. You've probably established emergency evacuation routes, but have you given them a test run? . . . more »
Featured resource: Put your wildfire prevention plan in writing
May 2015
Once upon a time, California had a "wildfire season," but the extreme drought conditions have created the potential for wildfires year-round. Having a thorough written plan in place will help you prepare for the risks. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Are your workers equipped for any emergency?
March 2015
Most workplaces have an array of emergency equipment available, much of it required by one safety and health standard or another. Fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), first-aid kits, eyewashes, and safety showers--whatever the possible emergency, you should have the right equipment on hand to respond quickly. . . . more »
DHS and HSS issue mass chemical decontamination guidance for first responders
February 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), recently published Patient Decontamination in . . . more »
Emergency preparedness: Long hours put emergency responders at risk; Tips for employers
February 2015
Emergency workers who deploy to work at disaster sites caused by weather, earthquakes, epidemics, and other catastrophic events often put in much longer than 8-hour shifts. Although workers in these fields are generally highly committed to their jobs and find the jobs rewarding in ways that make long hours seem bearable, they are at substantially increased risk from fatigue. . . . more »
NIOSH releases updated emergency preparedness webpage
December 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced a new version of its Emergency Preparedness and Response Directory webpage. The pag . . . more »
Emergency preparedness: Find the fault! Earthquake preparedness tips for businesses
November 2014
There have been widespread rumblings in the wake of the Napa earthquake in August that California got lucky. The overnight earthquake hit when most people were home in bed; at 3:20 a.m. on a Sunday morning, even the bars were closed. Employers in the affected areas were certainly fortunate--if they had anyone on duty, it was probably the smallest and least busy of their shifts. . . . more »
Disaster preparedness: Can you stay connected when disaster strikes? Tips from FEMA
December 2013
The possibility of a severe earthquake is ever-present in California. In coastal areas, tsunamis may also be a threat. Outside the asphalt jungles, wildfire season is a concern. And then there are the more localized disasters--pipeline breaks, train derailments, chemical releases, flooding, and fire. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Tips for conserving energy in a disaster
December 2013
After a disaster, you'll probably need to get in touch with a lot of people. But you could also have a limited ability to recharge your electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, and tablets. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Checklist for dealing with workplace power interruptions
COCA Online Exclusive May 2013
Do you have a plan for when the power goes out unexpectedly? You should. . . . more »
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 »
Featured Resource: Visitor Safety Checklist
January 2012
How many nonemployees are on your worksite at any given moment? Do you know where they are, what their business is, and whether they pose a risk to your workers or themselves? . . . more »
Workplace Violence: Recent Shootings Illustrate Sources of Violence; What's Your Greatest Risk?
December 2011
It was allegedly a contentious divorce that pushed Scott Dekraai over the edge. On October 12, just one day after he appeared in court to ask for more time with his 8-year-old son, Dekraai put on body armor, armed himself, and went to the Seal Beach beauty salon where his ex-wife worked as a hairdresser. Dekraai opened fire, killing eight people, including his ex-wife. . . . more »
Appeals Board Decisions: Board Weighs in on Winery's Tank Press; Tank Press Is Not Exempt from Confined Spaces Rules
December 2011
After a worker suffered a fingertip amputation while working with a tank press at Foster's Wine Estates America (dba Chateau St. Jean) in the Sonoma County town of Kenwood, Cal/OSHA inspected and found that workers periodically entered the tank press to hose it out. . . . more »
OSHA takes steps to tackle workplace violence
November 2011
Federal OSHA has launched a new website on preventing workplace violence and published several related guidance documents, including recommendations for late-night retail establishments and healthcare . . . more »
Appeals Board Decisions: Out of Sight, Out of Luck? Employer Cited for Failing to Provide for Safety of Remote Workers
October 2011
AT&T field and repair staff technicians operated from an equipment and service yard in Stockton, responding to installation and service repair calls and orders for several counties in the Central Valley. . . . more »
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