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Online Exclusive: Put the finger on hand hazards in your workplace
COCA Online Exclusive April 2014
Two tools are essential for almost any job you can think of--your hands. It's natural, then, that preventing hand injuries should be high on any list of safety priorities. Here's a handy checklist to help you identify and control hazards in your workplace that can cause injuries to workers' hands. . . . more »
NIOSH warns of dangerous respirator practice
April 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published a notice concerning the use of respirators to protect against occupational inhalation exposures. The notice describ . . . more »
Special Report included with this issue: Fall Hazards and Fall Prevention
April 2014
Fall hazards are one of the top four causes of death for California workers, sharing the dubious limelight with transportation incidents, homicides, and workplace violence. Most years, falls are the l . . . more »
Personal protective equipment: U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on pay for donning and doffing time
April 2014
The dispute has been going on for decades. Workers want to be paid for the time they spend putting on or taking off required work clothing, while employers think they shouldn't be forced to pay for the time that employees spend essentially getting dressed. The issue has been addressed by standards interpretations from the U.S. Department of Labor, federal court rulings, and labor union legal briefs. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Are your safety basics up to snuff? These employers' weren't
April 2014
Did you ever miss a complicated problem on a math test, not because it was complicated but because at some point while you were working through the problem, you looked at 2+3 and inexplicably wrote "6"? . . . more »
Bloodborne pathogens: Adult film industry's compliance failures highlight the risks for other employers
April 2014
January was a tough month for employers in the adult film industry in California. To start with, Cal/OSHA issued 11 citations--including three violations of the bloodborne pathogens standard that were classified as "serious, accident-related"--and proposed $78,000 in fines against San Francisco-based Cybernet Entertainment in the wake of an actor's HIV infection last summer. . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Why you need to worry about oxidizers
April 2014
Three things are necessary to maintain a fire--a fuel source (flammable materials, including flammable or combustible chemicals), an ignition source (open flames, sparks, and sources of heat), and oxygen. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Confined-space emergency response: Get your workers out of a tight spot
April 2014
Whenever workers enter a confined space, they must be able to get out again in a hurry or, worse, they may need rescuing. To ensure that workers will not be trapped in a tight spot, planning and training are essential. . . . more »
Forklifts: 6 situations that can tip a forklift--and how to control them
April 2014
Antonio Toro was preparing to move large bundles of steel at a flood control project in Murrieta on May 13, 2013. As Toro positioned his forklift, it tipped, pinning him. By the time emergency responders reached him, Toro was dead. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Sample policy on safety eyewear
April 2014
Every day, 2,000 U.S. workers are treated for a job-related eye injury, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the most important ways to prevent these injuries is by using appropriate eye protection, but enforcing the proper selection and use of protective eyewear can be difficult. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Policy for preventing pesticide exposures
COCA Online Exclusive March 2014
April and May are the heaviest usage months for pesticides in California, making them high-risk for pesticide poisoning incidents. Surprisingly, these incidents are more likely to affect workers who d . . . more »
Federal OSHA launches campaign to reduce hospital worker injuries
March 2014
According to OSHA, hospitals are among the most hazardous places to work. In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses (including 58,860 injuries and illnesses that cau . . . more »
NIOSH study examines long-haul trucker health
March 2014
A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that U.S. long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely to be obese compared t . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Will a variance application excuse an employer from a settlement agreement?
March 2014
Sometimes complying with a Cal/OSHA standard is impossible. Other times, the standard's requirements provide inadequate employee protection, or the employer may simply have a better solution. It's also possible that more than one standard might apply, and the employer must choose how to proceed. . . . more »
Process safety management: DOSH must expand enforcement--and employers must pay
March 2014
On August 6, 2012, a severely corroded pipe in the #4 crude unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond began leaking flammable hydrocarbons. The resulting fire shut down the refinery for months, sent nearly 15,000 nearby residents to the hospital, and resulted in the largest fines ever proposed by Cal/OSHA. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Until the dust clears, teach workers to protect themselves against silica
March 2014
Each year, more than 300 American workers die from silicosis, and thousands of new cases are diagnosed. Silicosis is the name given to incurable lung damage that occurs when workers inhale dusts that contain crystalline silica. . . . more »
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