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Online Exclusive: Will you be ready when the compliance officer arrives?
COCA Online Exclusive April 2015
When a Cal/OSHA compliance officer arrives at your workplace, it can come as a surprise. The agency is permitted to give employers advance notice of inspections only in certain limited situations. And . . . more »
NIOSH announces second annual construction "Fall Safety Stand-Down"
April 2015
NIOSH announces second annual construction "Fall Safety Stand-Down." The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)--in conjunction with partners including the Occupational Safety a . . . more »
Special Report included with this issue: Safety incentive programs: How to properly motivate safe behaviors
April 2015
Properly developed incentive programs can dramatically cut the number of workplace accidents and injuries, in turn cutting your insurance rates. In our new Special Report, we discuss how incentive pro . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Can you violate both LOTO and machine guarding standards at the same time?
April 2015
The lockout/tagout (LOTO) and machine guarding standards make an unusual pair. Both are intended to protect workers from the hazards of moving machinery, and they address the same hazards--but in different, task-specific ways. . . . more »
Best practices: Simulator training is even better than the real thing
April 2015
We have long imagined the potential of simulator-based training. In the 1982 movie "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," for example, cadets at the fictional Starfleet Academy are tested in a crisis involving a damaged civilian spaceship in enemy territory--the Kobayashi Maru. The situation is set up to be a no-win scenario for the cadets, revealing how they might function under extreme stress. . . . more »
Injury prevention: Don't blink! Dealing with distractions in safety-critical operations
April 2015
The classic example of a distraction leading to a fatal error in a safety-critical situation is the teenage driver who crosses the center line on the road while texting and kills herself or someone else. But driving isn't the only safety-critical situation, and text messages aren't the only distractions. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Penetrating advice on chemical protective glove use and care
April 2015
A worker's hands are essential to many jobs--and vulnerable to many hazards. Chemical hazards in particular may damage the skin directly, causing rashes, allergic reactions, or burns, or they may be absorbed through the skin, causing systemic effects including narcosis (a state of stupor) and damage to specific organs and systems. . . . more »
Standards update: Heat illness prevention rule changes take effect May 1
April 2015
A few rule changes from California's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) take effect April 1. The most significant changes are those made to the heat illness prevention rules that were finalized in February. Ordinarily, those changes would go into effect on July 1, but the OSHSB has requested that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which sets effective dates, make this rule effective as of April 1, 2015, to fully cover this year's agricultural growing season. . . . more »
Wellness: How much sleep do workers need? New guidelines issued
April 2015
Americans have a love/hate relationship with sleep. We need more sleep, but we sacrifice it to the most casual of temptations--like late-night television and Internet browsing. We value sleep but not as much as we value getting to work on time, getting our morning workouts in, or going to the midnight opening of a new movie. Sleep is essential to our health and our functioning; sleep is also an interruption of the essential activities of our day. . . . more »
Featured resource: Electronic device safe use policy
April 2015
Our cell phones, tablets, and laptops have become essential parts of our jobs. We use them to store safety data sheets and safe work procedures, measure sound levels, keep in contact with remote workers, and perform many other business-related functions. But if we're not careful how and when we use them, these devices might create a hazard by distracting us from work at critical moments. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Tips for working safely on mobile devices
COCA Online Exclusive March 2015
In the not-so-distant past, only the people in the front office used computers on the job. But these days, all kinds of workers--from the manufacturing floor to the construction worksite--regularly work on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. . . . more »
Cal/OSHA cites two companies for electrocution fatalities resulting from lack of precautions
March 2015
Cal/OSHA has cited Five Star Plastering (based in Laguna Hills) and Winlup Painting Inc. (based in Santa Monica) for safety violations that contributed to incidents involving contact with high-voltage . . . more »
NIOSH finds gaps in protection against high-level disinfectants
March 2015
Results of a survey conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) indicate that precautionary measures to minimize worker exposure to . . . more »
Occupational noise: Now hear this! New research connects increased noise levels with increased injury risk
March 2015
Employers have long known that high levels of workplace noise pose a risk of noise-induced hearing loss for workers. Recent research has also linked chronic exposure to occupational noise with sleep disorders and poor job performance as well as increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and benign tumors along the vestibular cochlear nerve. Now there's even more bad news for employers with noisy operations. . . . more »
Heat illness prevention: Acclimatize your outdoor workers as summer nears
March 2015
Unlike Cal/OSHA, federal OSHA doesn't have a heat illness prevention standard, but that doesn't mean the agency doesn't concern itself with heat-related illnesses. . . . 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 »
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