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Online Exclusive: Pre-trip checklist for winter driving
COCA Online Exclusive January 2016
There's a lot of winter left--and a lot of winter driving to go with it. A trip to the mountains or other parts of the country can be a hazardous proposition, especially for drivers who don't habitually drive in icy, snowy winter conditions. If your drivers will be road-tripping into the teeth of Old Man Winter, equip them with this checklist so they'll be properly prepared. . . . more »
California work-related injury and illness rate is lowest in 13 years
January 2016
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted California's 2014 occupational injury and illness data, with detailed information on employer-reported injuries involving days away from work. T . . . more »
NIOSH publishes infographics illustrating danger of noise-induced hearing loss
January 2016
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, have created a series of infographics . . . more »
Safety culture: Are your workers becoming complacent? Help them refocus on safety
January 2016
When you put an effective safety program in place--one that eliminates as many hazards as possible, substitutes safer alternatives when available, and uses engineering controls to minimize other hazards--your workers can start to think of the workplace as "safe." And when people feel safe, what happens? They might let their guard down. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Board reverses ALJ, reinstates penalties for temporary agency, host employer
January 2016
In 2014, the California legislature passed a law (A.B. 1897) that made temporary staffing agency employers and their client employers jointly liable for the protection of temporary workers. That same year, the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board ruled in its Staffchex decision that temporary employment agencies can no longer use the so-called "dual employment doctrine defense" to argue that they aren't liable for safety violations affecting leased employees. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Dig into trenching safety requirements
January 2016
Are your workers laborers, welders, plumbers, or equipment operators? If so, you've probably trained them in the hazards of those jobs. But if they do their work in an excavation, the excavation itself poses additional hazards that you can address with this session of Cal/OSHA-required training. . . . more »
Standards update: Rule changes affect ship building, construction, fire brigades, and agriculture
January 2016
In the latter part of 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) approved minor changes to the ship building and construction safety orders. Another update affected the protective footwear standard that applies to private fire brigades. And in its most substantial revision, the board crafted an exemption to the agricultural equipment standards that outline when farmers can use truck-mounted personnel transport carriers (PTCs). . . . more »
Workplace violence: NIOSH says stores neglect simplest safety measures to their detriment
January 2016
Employers sometimes fret over the cost of preventive safety measures: Was it worth hiring extra personnel to prevent an injury that might not have happened anyway? Was it worth installing extra equipment to control a hazard that workers encounter only once or twice a year? . . . more »
Hazardous chemicals: Cleaning chemicals sicken 20 workers; How to avoid deadly mixtures
January 2016
When Taylor Farms workers in Tracy arrived for the morning shift on October 15, 2015, they immediately noticed a strong chlorine smell. Twenty workers, including two pregnant women, became sick enough that they evacuated the building and called 911. According to the Tracy Fire Department, the plant's sanitation crew had accidentally mixed two cleaning chemicals, acetic acid and chlorine, releasing toxic chlorine gas. . . . more »
Featured resource: Get out! A checklist for inspecting your emergency escape routes
January 2016
In the event of a fire, chemical release, or similar disaster, your workers might need to leave the building quickly. You've probably established emergency evacuation routes, but have you given them a test run? . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample drug and alcohol policy
December 2015
New research published by Australia's Flinders University National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has found that when employers have policies in place to address alcohol and other drug use, employees are significantly less likely to engage in risky drinking and drug-related behavior. . . . more »
NIOSH launches new center to promote lifelong worker well-being
December 2015
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched the National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW). The new virtual center . . . more »
Cal/OSHA cites two employers more than $300,000 for exposing workers to cave-in hazards after getting stop-work order
December 2015
Cal/OSHA has cited two Northern California construction businesses for exposing workers to cave-in hazards at a residential construction site in Piedmont. Cal/OSHA cited San Mateo-based general contra . . . more »
Enforcement: Worker's deadly fall leads to manslaughter charges against owner and foreman
December 2015
In the November 2015 issue of COCA, we told you about the criminal sentencing of the owner and project manager at Milpitas-based U.S.-Sino Investments for the death of a 36-year-old worker. Day laborer Raul Zapata died when an unprotected 12-foot excavation wall collapsed on him. . . . more »
Safety management: Expand your safety culture to contractors and suppliers
December 2015
Your safety culture--the attitudes and habits underlying safety and health practices in your workplace--is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward your contractors' and suppliers' safety practices. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Did supervisory failure or employee's independent action lead to the worker's death?
December 2015
Workers who attempt to perform job tasks they're not trained for place themselves and their employers at risk. One way to prevent workers from doing jobs they're not trained to do is to provide adequate supervision. . . . more »
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