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DOWNLOAD: Sorting Out Safety for Temporary, Contingent, and Contract Workers in California
DOWNLOAD: Sorting Out Safety for Temporary, Contingent, and Contract Workers in California

Temporary, contract, and contingent workers can provide many benefits to a company. However, when it comes to safety, many companies that rely on temporary labor fall short. This Employer Guide will help you understand your responsibilities as a staffing agency or a host employer when it comes to protecting temporary workers. You'll also learn about where Cal/OSHA's approach to temporary worker safety differs from that of federal OSHA and how to ensure you're in compliance.

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DOWNLOAD: Safety incentive programs: How to properly motivate safe behaviors
DOWNLOAD: Safety incentive programs: How to properly motivate safe behaviors

Employers have long known that one of the best ways to reduce workers' compensation costs is to reduce the number of work-related injuries and illnesses in the workplace. To achieve this goal, many employers have turned to incentive programs to motivate their employees to pay closer attention to on-the-job safety. While a properly developed incentive program can reduce the number of workplace accidents and injuries at your facility, there are important legal issues to consider. In this Special Report, we will discuss how incentive programs have changed over the years and what companies have done to implement safety incentives successfully.

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DOWNLOAD: Fall Hazards and Fall Prevention
2014
DOWNLOAD: Fall Hazards and Fall Prevention Fall hazards are one of the top four causes of death for California workers, sharing the dubious limelight with transportation incidents, homicides, and workplace violence. In this Special Report, we'll look at the applicable Cal/OSHA regulations along with the major causes of falls and how to prevent them. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Don't Fail to Communicate Chemical Hazards: How to Avoid the Most Common HazCom Mistakes
2014
DOWNLOAD: Don't Fail to Communicate Chemical Hazards: How to Avoid the Most Common HazCom Mistakes The Cal/OSHA hazard communication standard (GISO Title 8, Section 5194) is consistently one of Cal/OSHA's five most frequently cited standards. This standard--which gives workers the right to know about chemical hazards in their workplace and employers the responsibility to train their employees to protect against exposure to chemicals--affects millions of workers in a very wide range of industrial settings. This Special Report provides an overview of common hazard communication mistakes and how to avoid them to stay in compliance with this important standard. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Get on board - What you need to know about the OSHSB and OSHAB
October 2013
DOWNLOAD: Get on board - What you need to know about the OSHSB and OSHAB |IMAGE1| Most employers are aware of Cal/OSHA and what the agency does--but employers should also know about two other agencies that play a significant role in creating and enforcing Cal/OSHA standards--the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (OSHAB). Our new Special Report, mailed with this issue of COCA, will tell you what you need to know about what the boards do, how they do it, and how you can participate . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Lockout/Tagout: Put hazardous energy under lock and key
April 2013
DOWNLOAD: Lockout/Tagout:
Put hazardous energy under lock and key Whenever the unexpected startup of a machine-- or an unexpected release of stored energy--could injure a worker, you must provide positive protection from injuries for the worker.

These injuries can happen when cleaning, repairing, servicing, setting up, or adjusting machines and equipment. Workers are at risk whenever they remove or bypass machine guards or place any part of their body in the zone of danger around a machine's point of operation or prime movers. Workers are also at risk anytime they work on deenergized electrical systems.

This Report will cover Cal/OSHA's requirements and provide practical advice to assist you in setting up your program. . . .
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DOWNLOAD: What's new for 2013: Workplace developments affecting employers--And how to comply
January 2013
DOWNLOAD: What's new for 2013:
Workplace developments affecting
employers--And how to comply California's reputation as an employee-friendly state continues to thrive under a Democratic governor and legislature. In the second year of his latest term in office, Governor Brown signed another round of employment-related bills into law, most of which take effect January 1, 2013. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: The 8 keys to a Cal/OSHA-compliant IIPP
October 2012
DOWNLOAD: The 8 keys to a Cal/OSHA-compliant IIPP IIPPs must identify the person with the authority and responsibility for implementing the program and address management commitment, safety communications, employee compliance, scheduled inspections, accident investigation, abatement procedures, safety and health training, and recordkeeping. This guide will help you ensure that your plan includes everything a Cal/OSHA inspector will expect . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: What's That You Say? How to Handle Occupational Noise in Your Workplace
April 2012
DOWNLOAD: What's That You Say?
How to Handle Occupational Noise in Your Workplace The tiniest bones in your body are in your ears. These bones connect to a system where microscopic nerve cells transmit variations in air pressure, more commonly known as sound waves, to the brain. There, the sound waves are translated into music, language, information--or if the sound transmits no useful information, noise. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: What's New for 2012--Workplace Developments Affecting California Employers--And How to Comply
January 2012
DOWNLOAD: What's New for 2012--Workplace Developments Affecting California Employers--And How to Comply This exclusive Special Report will walk you through these developments, giving you a sneak preview of what's coming your way--and how to prepare--in 2012. We've included a helpful 11-point checklist of what you should do to make sure your policies and procedures conform to the new requirements . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Are You Ready? 4 Steps to Emergency Preparedness
October 2011
DOWNLOAD: Are You Ready? 4 Steps to Emergency Preparedness Whenever something lurks in the air that could hurt workers, employers have a responsibility to take protective action. That's what Cal/OSHA's General Industry Safety Orders Section 5144, Respiratory Protection, is all about. If you need to clear the air in your workplace, this report will help you get it done. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Respiratory Protection: A Well-Designed Program Can Help You and Your Workers Breathe Easier
March 2011
DOWNLOAD: Respiratory Protection:
A Well-Designed Program Can Help You and
Your Workers Breathe Easier Whenever something lurks in the air that could hurt workers, employers have a responsibility to take protective action. That's what Cal/OSHA's General Industry Safety Orders Section 5144, Respiratory Protection, is all about. If you need to clear the air in your workplace, this report will help you get it done. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: What's New for 2011--Workplace Developments Affecting California Employers--And How to Comply
January 2011
DOWNLOAD: What's New for 2011--Workplace Developments Affecting California
Employers--And How to Comply This exclusive Special Report will walk you through these new laws and cases, giving you a sneak preview of what's coming your way--and how to prepare--in 2011. We've included an easy 13-point checklist of what you should do to make sure your policies and procedures conform to the new requirements. Additionally, as a special bonus, our CEA Online subscribers can access the materials mentioned here on our website. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Preparing for--and Avoiding--Cal/OSHA Inspections
April 2010
DOWNLOAD: Preparing for--and Avoiding--Cal/OSHA
Inspections Perhaps your workplace is classified as "highhazard." Maybe your industry has been declared an "inspection priority" or caught in a multi-agency sweep. A worker might have complained to Cal/OSHA, or perhaps an accident has caused a workplace injury. It could be simply that your number came up in the general Cal/OSHA-programmed inspection lottery. Whatever the reason, it's just what you don't need right now: Cal/OSHA on your doorstep, asking for a good place to hold an opening conference and suggesting that you start pulling together your records. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Cal/OSHA General Industry Training Requirements
October 2009
DOWNLOAD: Cal/OSHA General Industry Training Requirements Training is an essential part of every employer's safety and health program for protecting workers from injuries and illnesses. Many researchers conclude that those who are new on the job have a higher rate of accidents and injuries than more experienced workers. If ignorance of specific job hazards and of proper work practices is even partly to blame for this higher injury rate, then training will help to provide a solution. Training in the proper performance of a job is time and money well spent, and the employer might regard it as an investment rather than an expense. An effective program of safety and health training for workers can result in fewer injuries and illnesses, better morale, and lower insurance premiums, among other benefits. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Avoiding Accidents--Five Key Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe
DOWNLOAD: Avoiding Accidents--Five Key Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe Clearly, no workplace wants to attract attention for having an amputation or, even worse, a fatality, because of an accident. Careful development of the 5-step program we recommend here for machine safety can dramatically reduce the odds of such a tragic event. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: 5 Fail-Safe Strategies for Machine Safety
April 2009
DOWNLOAD: 5 Fail-Safe Strategies for Machine Safety Clearly, no workplace wants to attract attention for having an amputation or, even worse, a fatality, because of an accident. Careful development of the 5-step program we recommend here for machine safety can dramatically reduce the odds of such a tragic event. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Smart Accident Investigations; 3 Stages of Success
September 2008
DOWNLOAD: Smart Accident Investigations; 3 Stages of Success Somehow, even with your excellent safety and health program, an accident happens. After medical assistance has been provided to victims, and the immediate crisis is brought under control, an investigation is in order. . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Save Lives: 5 Vital Elements of a Defensive Driving Program
October 2009
DOWNLOAD: Save Lives:
5 Vital Elements of a Defensive Driving Program In this Special Report, we describe five key steps you can take to implement a defensive driving program. Putting these elements in place will improve your chances of reducing driving accidents among your workforce. We also provide two handouts for you to distribute to your workers . . . more »
DOWNLOAD: Safety Recordkeeping: Set the Record Straight; Understanding the Ins and Outs of Cal/OSHA's Recordkeeping Rules
August 2008
DOWNLOAD: Safety Recordkeeping: Set the Record Straight; Understanding the Ins and Outs of Cal/OSHA's Recordkeeping Rules Nobody likes to shuffle papers. But the fact is, the paperwork that relates to your safety program is critical both to your compliance efforts and to documenting the program's intensity and effectiveness. Cal/OSHA inspectors know this; that's why the first thing they'll ask to see when they walk onto your site is your paperwork. If an inspector showed up at your door today and asked for your training records, injury and illness records, written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), hazard assessments, and inspection records, could you produce them? . . . more »
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