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Online exclusive: Electrical safety checklist
October 2015
Electrical hazards are everywhere, and they present a risk for all workers--not just the electricians who work on exposed live circuits. In fact, most of the workers who are injured by electricity are not electricians. . . . more »
Cal/OSHA cites ExxonMobil $566,600 for refinery explosion
October 2015
Cal/OSHA has issued 19 citations to ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company for safety and health violations. The citations resulted from an investigation into the February 2015 explosion that injured fo . . . more »
Labor Enforcement Task Force issues stop-work orders
October 2015
The state Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) stopped work at four sites recently after discovering safety violations that put workers in immediate danger of serious injuries and fatalities during tar . . . more »
Inspections: Cal/OSHA responds to Fed/OSHA criticisms, promises tougher enforcement
October 2015
Does Cal/OSHA conduct enough health inspections? When the agency inspects, does it issue citations in a timely manner? And does it keep up with follow-up inspections for serious violations? How about its complaint response times? . . . more »
Standards update: Cal/OSHA revises standards on storage batteries, fuel stations
October 2015
Two new rules took effect on October 1, 2015, affecting the changing and charging of storage batteries and electrical safety at fuel stations. Here's what you need to know. . . . more »
Wellness: EEOC issues proposed wellness program rule; What you need to know
October 2015
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a proposed rule that provides guidance on how wellness programs can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). We'll highlight some of the most important provisions. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Jobsite safety inspections: Do your workers know what's required?
October 2015
At a construction worksite, the hazards may change daily--even hourly. To catch and correct hazards that crop up, regular jobsite safety inspections are necessary, and Cal/OSHA requires them as part of your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: What's the difference between 'serious' and 'serious, accident-related'? About $12,600
October 2015
After a worker failed to unplug a band saw before removing the guard to clean out shavings, his employer was cited for three different serious, accident-related violations of Cal/OSHA rules. . . . more »
Temporary workers: Cal/OSHA issues new temp worker guidance
October 2015
A new Cal/OSHA fact sheet details requirements and recommended practices for staffing agencies and other primary employers that send workers out to host employer worksites. . . . more »
Featured Resource: 8 steps to a successful wellness plan
October 2015
An effective workplace wellness program can pay off for employers and employees alike. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Auger safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive September 2015
An auger is essentially a giant corkscrew blade that can range from palm-sized to more than 100 feet long. Although the structure of an auger is basic, with only one real "moving part" (the auger itself rotates), augers are extremely dangerous and can cause everything from cuts and scrapes to amputations and death. Augers are most commonly used in farming, construction, utility work, and landscaping. . . . more »
Federal OSHA reverses position on kinesiology tape as "medical treatment"
September 2015
In December 2014, federal OSHA issued a "standard interpretation" stating that kinesiology tape is considered medical treatment for OSHA recordkeeping purposes. The interpretation explained that the t . . . more »
DIR report on workers' comp reforms shows reduced costs to employers
September 2015
DIR report on workers' comp reforms shows reduced costs to employers. A new report from the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) tracks the progress in implementi . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Disrupted routines lead to amputation, fines for employer
September 2015
We all have routines, and ideally they make us more efficient and productive. For example, routinely completing and filing paperwork keeps it from piling up and going undone, and routinely inspecting the worksite can identify problems while they're still small and easily corrected. . . . more »
Process safety management: Federal OSHA issues enforcement guidance on good engineering practices
September 2015
The Chevron Richmond Refinery fire of 2012, and the recommendations of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that arose from it, sent regulatory agencies into a tizzy. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: National Farm Safety and Health Week makes a good time to talk tractor safety
September 2015
September 20 to 26 is National Farm Safety and Health Week, sponsored by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, farming accounted for 500 fatalities in 2013, or 23.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that tractors account for more than 20 percent of farm-related deaths, killing about 125 agricultural workers every year. . . . more »
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