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Online Exclusive: Sample ergonomic injury prevention policy
COCA Online Exclusive January 2014
Ergonomic injuries are the most common nonfatal lost workday injury by an overwhelming margin. Of about 1.2 million nonfatal injuries recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, 443,560 fell into this category. Most of these were repetitive stress injuries (a smaller number were slip-and-fall injuries). . . . more »
Cal/OSHA cites Disney Construction for worker fatalities
January 2015
Cal/OSHA recently cited Disney Construction, Inc., of Burlingame, $106,110 for serious violations related to the deaths of two employees on May 30, 2014. The employees fell 80 feet from a crane-hoiste . . . more »
Special Report included with this issue: What's new for 2015: Workplace developments affecting California employers--And how to comply
January 2015
Over the past year, California has seen many legal developments that should help it maintain its reputation as one of the most employee-friendly states in the country. Governor Brown, for example, sig . . . more »
Health and wellness: New study identifies 4 strategies that work for shift workers
January 2015
Shift work has been associated with a number of adverse health effects, from heart disease to cancer. Employers have tried many strategies to help shift workers stay safe, well rested, and healthy, but these strategies have fallen more into the "common sense" category than into the "scientifically validated best practices" category. . . . more »
Forklifts: Fatalities emphasize the need to elevate forklift safety
January 2015
A forklift usually has a driver's seat, an accelerator, a brake, a steering mechanism, and a horn--but don't let workers mistake a forklift for a car or truck. They're very different vehicles, and forklifts are a lot more dangerous to operate. A rash of recent fatalities in California and elsewhere illustrates forklift hazards and the need to elevate forklift safety to a priority in your workplace. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Are your workers at risk from Ebola? Cal/OSHA guidance can help
January 2015
On March 23, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) received a report of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in the West African nation of Guinea--the first report of Ebola virus disease since January 2013. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Window washers hang by a thread; Make sure they know the ropes
January 2015
On November 12, 2014, America was captivated in the middle of the day by the spectacle of two men trapped on a suspended scaffold, tilted at a perilous angle, on the outside of the newly opened One World Trade Center building in New York. The men, Juan Lizama, 41, and Juan Lopez, 33, had been washing the building's windows from a suspended scaffold when a brake mechanism malfunctioned, causing one end of the scaffold to list. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: A tale of 2 applicable standards; Does it matter which one Cal/OSHA cites?
January 2015
On August 3, 2011, David Martinez was working on the second floor of a four-unit residential building that was under construction. Martinez was looking for a spot to install a brace when he stepped into a floor hole that had been left open for the placement of stairs. He fell 12 feet to the cement foundation and was seriously injured. . . . more »
Hazard communication: Update your written program to reflect changes under GHS
January 2015
Since Cal/OSHA adopted the provisions of the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication (GHS) in July 2013, many employers have been scrambling to comply with the new requirements for labels and safety data sheets (SDSs). . . . more »
Featured resource: Preshift forklift inspection checklist
January 2015
Forklifts come with a lot of potential hazards and failure points. Operator training is critical, of course, but so is ensuring that the equipment itself is safe and in good working order. This preshift inspection checklist covers the basic inspection requirements found in the Cal/OSHA operating rules. . . . more »
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 »
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