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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 »
Confined Spaces: Employer's Failure to Plan Leads to Worker Deaths, Serious and Willful Citations; Mistakes to Avoid
October 2011
Henry Astilla, a 33-year-old technician with Baxter Bioscience in Los Angeles, didn't check the atmosphere before climbing down into a 6,000-liter tank containing human plasma. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Do Your Workers Need Fire-Resistant Clothing?
COCA Online Exclusive September 2011
In some professions and industries, the risk of exposure to fire is common enough—and deadly enough—that workers must be equipped with fire-resistant or flame-retardant clothing. Your worker . . . more »
Cal/OSHA fines employer $371,000 for safety violations leading to fatality
September 2011
Cal/OSHA has issued 11 citations against Baxter Healthcare Corporation for deliberate and willful safety violations that resulted in the death of one of their technicians and serious injury of two oth . . . more »
Researchers find shorter pauses between CPR and defibrillator shocks improve odds of surviving cardiac arrest
August 2011
A study recently published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found that a shorter pause in CPR just before a defibrillator delivered an electric shock to a cardiac arrest vict . . . more »
Trainer's Handbook: Protecting Workers from Sexual Harassment -- and Potential Workplace Violence
August 2011
Last year, New York City-based ABM Industries, Inc., a janitorial services contractor, settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by 21 female workers from California's Central Valley region. The company agreed to pay $5.8 million and provide other relief to the women, who claim they were subjected to sexual harassment--including unwelcome touching and rape--by 14 male co-workers and supervisors, one of whom was a registered sex offender. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Portable Fire Extinguisher Use Policy
August 2011
Many workplaces are equipped with portable fire extinguishers that can control small fires, preventing property damage and loss of life. However, General Industry Safety Orders Section 6151(g) prohibits workers from using fire extinguishers unless they have received training in their proper use. . . . more »
Wildfire Prevention and Response Checklist
COCA Online Exclusive June 2011
As wildfire season approaches in California, businesses located within the wildland-urban interface--land that borders an undeveloped, forested, or wild area--need to make sure they are prepared to protect lives and property from this threat. Our checklist will help you get your business ready for the worst. . . . more »
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