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Online Exclusive: Checklist of common chemotherapy drug-handling mistakes
November 2015
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is at work on creating a new standard for the handling of antineoplastic (chemotherapy) drugs in healthcare facilities. . . . more »
Preliminary data suggest downward trend in California workplace fatalities
November 2015
The Department of Industrial Relations recently posted preliminary workplace fatality statistics for California in 2014. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data reflect a total of 334 fatal wor . . . more »
Study finds link between exercise and fewer slips and falls
November 2015
A study released by the University of Miami indicates that engaging in regular physical activity and exercise can prevent slips, trips, and falls in middle-aged adults. The study looked at adults rang . . . more »
Enforcement: Ignored stop-work notice leads to 1 dead worker, 2 years in jail for employer
November 2015
In the construction industry, when a contractor performs work that the client doesn't pay for in a timely manner, the contractor can file a "stop-work notice" demanding to be paid before any more work is done. But contractors aren't the only parties who can stop work at a site. Building inspectors, site owners, and some state regulatory agencies can issue "stop-work notices" or similar injunctions that will cause the worksite to be shut down. . . . more »
Hazard communication: The next GHS implementation deadline is December 1; How's your compliance?
November 2015
When federal OSHA adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2012, a compliance clock started ticking. And when Cal/OSHA began adopting the federal rule, it retained federal OSHA's deadlines, meaning California employers don't have extra time to comply with the changes. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Were the employer's confined space procedures adequately protective?
November 2015
Confined spaces can be death traps for workers, isolating them in a space they cannot easily escape in the presence of invisible, subtly accumulating hazards like flammable or oxygen-deficient atmosph . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Make sure workers understand how machine guarding and lockout/tagout work
November 2015
A machine that's operating should have guards in place to protect workers from placing themselves in harm's way. When a machine is shut down, workers face a different type of hazard: unexpected startups or movement. Machine guarding and lockout/tagout work together to protect employees from machinery hazards at all points in the production process. But do your workers fully understand these safeguards? . . . more »
Safety management: Cal/OSHA fact sheet details workers' rights; Employers need to know them, too
November 2015
You know that you have to comply with Cal/OSHA regulations that cover safety and health hazards in your workplace. You know that if Cal/OSHA inspects your facility and cites you for violations, you have a right to appeal. But are your workers just as familiar with their rights and responsibilities under Cal/OSHA rules? They should be--and so should you. . . . more »
Respiratory protection: New online tool can help you choose the best protection against bioaerosols
November 2015
When it comes to respiratory hazards in the workplace, the traditional bogeymen are particulates, like cancer-causing asbestos; organic vapors, like toluene and pesticides; fumes, like those generated by welding; and acid mists. . . . more »
Featured resource: Identify and control conveyor hazards
November 2015
Augers, conveyors, chutes, and other equipment that move materials along can increase productivity and reduce the amount of manual material handling workers must do, substantially lowering the risk of ergonomic injuries caused by overexertion. They can also help prevent other types of injuries, like crushing injuries caused by dropped objects. . . . more »
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 »
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