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Online Exclusive: Spill prevention checklist
COCA Online Exclusive October 2014
Accidental spills and releases can create fire hazards, toxic exposures, and environmental concerns at your workplace--and earthquakes, like the magnitude 6.0 quake that hit Napa in August 2014, can lead to accidental spills. . . . more »
Cal/OSHA cites employer over policy discouraging seat belt use
October 2014
Cal/OSHA has cited Menzies Aviation $77,250 for three serious accident-related, one serious, and one regulatory violation following an investigation into the death of a worker at Los Angeles Internati . . . more »
Special Report included with this issue: Hazard communication training in a GHS world
October 2014
California's Hazard Communication regulation—General Industry Safety Orders Section 5194—requires employee training to explain and reinforce the information employees get about hazardous sub . . . more »
Balers and compactors: $950K fine, conviction for Macy's in worker's baler death; 3 critical mistakes
October 2014
Roy Polanco was feeding materials into a cardboard baler/compactor at a Macy's distribution center in East Los Angeles on July 13, 2009, when tragedy struck. . . . more »
Personal protective equipment: Warehouse socked with $300,000 fine for foot hazards; How to avoid its missteps
October 2014
When your workers are exposed to hazards that can't be eliminated, you may need to provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE). There is more than one potential failure point in the process of identifying the hazard, selecting the PPE, and putting it into use. One California employer found that out after Cal/OSHA inspected it in 2012 and then reinspected in 2014. Read on to learn from its experience. . . . more »
Enforcement: New federal enforcement guidelines target 'alarming' communication tower hoisting deaths
October 2014
Fatality rates have steadily risen at communication tower worksites. The industry suffered more deaths in 2013 than in the previous 2 years combined, and by July 2014, had already suffered nine more. In response to this "alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities," federal OSHA has updated its communication tower directive. . . . more »
Drugs and alcohol: Are your workers taking opioid painkillers? Prevent hazards caused by abuse
October 2014
Identifying and dealing with drug use and abuse in your workplace is vital to your workers' safety. Many employers already have a drug abuse prevention program in place, complete with preemployment testing and drug screens that are conducted randomly or as needed to identify workers who are current users. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Teach your workers to be hardheaded about hard hats
October 2014
Workers can be resistant to wearing hard hats. After all, the hats can be hot, heavy, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and generally a pain. But it's important that they learn instead to be hardheaded about wearing and caring for their protective headgear. . . . more »
Standards: Group lockout/tagout provisions adopted; PEL revisions take effect October 1
October 2014
The state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has finalized four new rules. A new permissible exposure limit (PEL) and new rules addressing safe patient handling and guarding of vertical food mixers will take effect on October 1. New rules also address group lockout/tagout. . . . more »
Featured resource: Make Halloween less dangerous for your drivers
October 2014
Watch out, drivers--the busiest pedestrian night of the year is coming up. On Halloween, hordes of children will take to the streets, walking from house to house, showing off their costumes and collecting candy. It's all in good fun, but it can be dangerous. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Policy for out-of-service equipment
September 2014
A system for identifying malfunctioning or broken equipment and tools, and removing them from service, is vital to worker safety. But what happens once the "out-of-service" tag is applied? Without a clear policy, workers may not know how to handle this equipment. Is the equipment permanently out of service? If not, under what conditions can it be returned to service? Our policy will help you provide your workers with important guidance. . . . more »
Governor Brown signs safety and health-related bills
September 2014
Governor Brown has signed into law two bills that address occupational safety and health matters. A.B. 326 requires every California employer to make an immediate report to Cal/OSHA by telephone or e- . . . more »
Professor resolves criminal charges from UCLA lab death case
September 2014
In the April 2012 issue of COCA, we told you about the death of Sheri Sangji, a 23-year-old research assistant in an organic chemistry laboratory at the University of California at Los Angeles . . . more »
Safety management: Encourage worker safety with an effective incentive program
September 2014
It seemed like a good idea at the time: Reward workers for working safely by providing cash and goods that they could earn as incentives. Even better, put peer pressure to good use by rewarding workers in groups; workers, wanting their premiums, would encourage one another not to cut safety corners and to stay safe. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Are your workers in double jeopardy from hazards at work and at home?
September 2014
Suppose that in his latest hearing test, you notice that a young worker is showing a standard threshold shift, an indicator that he has suffered some degree of hearing loss. Your workplace is noisy enough to cause the hearing loss, but the controls you have in place should prevent it. . . . more »
Health and wellness: What does the obesity epidemic mean for workplace safety?
September 2014
It's no secret that California's workforce is becoming heavier. With more than half of the state's adults either overweight or obese, have you considered the impact of your workers' expanding waistlines on workplace safety? Keep reading for key issues to consider. . . . more »
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