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Online Exclusive: If you have to chill, be prepared
COCA Online Exclusive December 2014
In California, you might not think too much about cold weather. Unless you're camping, skiing in the mountains, or traveling, you might never encounter weather cold enough to cause concern. But that means when you do encounter cold temperatures, you might be less well prepared for them than someone from a cooler climate. . . . more »
Preliminary BLS numbers suggest decline in fatal work-related injuries
December 2014
Early figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a decline in fatal work-related injuries in 2013, but not every group shared in the downward trend. According to the preliminary National C . . . 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 »
Enforcement: Can the state assess unfair competition penalties as a result of Cal/OSHA violations?
December 2014
On September 22, 2014, after 2 years of legal wrangling, the California Court of Appeals issued a decision in a case stemming from an employer's Cal/OSHA violations. The case raised critical questions regarding potentially expanded liability for California employers over safety and health citations. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Let's talk about the weather; The impact of climate change on safety
December 2014
Are you worried about the weather? With the state in its third consecutive year of below-normal rainfall, struggling through the worst drought in its recorded history, many people are dealing with water-related issues. Nearly 60 percent of the state is now in "exceptional drought," the most severe on the U.S. Drought Monitor's five-point scale, and 95 percent is in "severe drought." . . . more »
Legislative update: 4 safety and health bills go to the governor
December 2014
In its most recent session, the California legislature passed four bills that reflect some legislators' concerns about workplace safety and health. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Carve out some time to discuss chain saw safety
December 2014
Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman was trimming some tree branches on his property in Florida in September 2014. One branch turned out to be heavier than he anticipated and fell onto his hand, pushing his left arm down onto the blade of the chainsaw. . . . more »
Ergonomics: What's in Cal/OSHA's new patient-handling standard? 3 things hospitals need
December 2012
In 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1136, the Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act. It created a new Section 6403.5 in the Labor Code, requiring all general acute care hospitals to adopt "a patient protection and healthcare worker back and musculoskeletal injury prevention plan"--and requiring the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) to create an implementing regulation for employers. . . . more »
Agriculture: Following worker exposures, Cal/DPR proposes new restrictions on chlorpyrifos
December 2014
In 2007, more than 70 agricultural workers were de-leafing table grapes at a vineyard in Tulare County while an adjacent almond orchard was being sprayed with pesticides. Twenty-six workers became ill, reporting headaches, dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. Additional incidents in Monterey County in 2008 and in Kern County in 2009 left 13 workers ill. . . . more »
Featured resource: Protect your holiday maintenance crew against 4 hazards
December 2014
Many manufacturing facilities shut down over the holidays, giving maintenance workers a chance to strip down facilities and machinery for heavy-duty annual rehabilitation. Your holiday maintenance crew could be exposed to hazards they don't routinely deal with. Before you turn them loose, remind them of these hazards and how to protect themselves. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Tips for healthy air travel
COCA Online Exclusive November 2014
The holidays are a prime travel time for many American workers--our romantic notions of "home for the holidays" and "I'll be home for Christmas" are founded in a national holiday habit. But after the holidays, you'll want your workers back on the job in solid physical shape. Our air travel tips can help make sure they travel safely and arrive back in the workplace in good health this holiday season. . . . more »
NIOSH publishes sleep tips for truck drivers
November 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a new resource that provides truck drivers with tips for improving sleep quality to boost their health and reduce th . . . more »
Federal OSHA announces top violations for FY 2014
November 2014
In September 2014, a representative of federal OSHA shared preliminary numbers for the top 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Although some items on the list shifted their po . . . 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 »
Appeals Board decisions: Board rules that primary employers cannot delegate safety responsibilities
November 2014
At Aware Products in Chatsworth, workers manufacture and package shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products. Maria Mata, a temporary employee leased to Aware by Staffchex, a temporary agency, had worked at the facility for 5 years, operating a bottle filling and capping machine. Four to six times a week, the machine would jam. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Forklift safety starts with proper maintenance--and that starts with training
November 2014
When it comes to forklifts, operator training is considered absolutely vital for safety. It's important not to overlook the safety of the machinery itself, though--and the safety of the people who keep the machinery in good working order. . . . more »
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