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Featured resource: Make Halloween less dangerous for your drivers
October 2014
Watch out, drivers--the busiest pedestrian night of the year is coming up. On Halloween, hordes of children will take to the streets, walking from house to house, showing off their costumes and collecting candy. It's all in good fun, but it can be dangerous. . . . more »
Featured resource: A handy field sanitation checklist
September 2014
In 2008, Coronado Irrigation Services of Shafter (in Kern County) was cited for multiple violations of Cal/OSHA's field sanitation requirements, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Section 3457. The employer appealed the fines, citing financial hardship--and it took 6 years before the fines were at last reduced. . . . more »
Featured resource: Cut back on tree-trimming hazards
August 2014
Joshua Pudsey was helping trim a 60-foot eucalyptus tree at a La Mesa home on November 12, 2013, when a branch fell out of control. Pudsey, a 42-year-old laborer, was struck in the head and thrown to the concrete driveway below. He was declared dead at the scene. . . . more »
Featured resource: Checklist for preventing youth agricultural injuries
July 2014
The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety has published its 2014 fact sheet on childhood agricultural injuries in the United States. More than 955,000 youth were living on the nation's 2.2 million farms in 2012, the fact sheet reported. Nearly half of those living on farms worked on their farms, and another 258,800 nonresident youth worked as hired help. . . . more »
Featured resource: New employee safety orientation checklist
June 2014
You've finally filled some of those open positions, and it's time to put your new employees to work. First, though, you need to make sure they understand your facility's safety ins and outs. This checklist can help you ensure that you cover all of your new employee safety orientation bases. . . . more »
Featured resource: Uphold safety with this scaffold inspection checklist
May 2014
Workers can be exposed to many hazards on the job--and so can their scaffold equipment. That's why it's essential that a "competent person" inspect the equipment each day before employees use it. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Preventing pesticide drift
March 2013
As California's farmers gear up for spring planting, they have numerous safety issues to consider. One perennial concern is pesticide drift. When pesticides are applied to a field, it's always possible they could "drift" into neighboring areas, where workers and residents can be exposed. . . . more »
Featured resource: Workers singing the blues? Give them a little sunshine
February 2014
Spring is coming, but it's not here yet, and workers suffering from reduced exposure to natural light might be struggling to get there. Workers with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may hit a low point late in the winter season. And their symptoms--which can include anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and loss of energy--might affect their work performance. . . . more »
Featured resource: Critical safety audit issues
January 2014
The new year is a good time to start planning a safety audit and setting your safety and health goals for the coming year. Before conducting an audit, though, you need to address some practical and legal considerations. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Tips for conserving energy in a disaster
December 2013
After a disaster, you'll probably need to get in touch with a lot of people. But you could also have a limited ability to recharge your electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops, and tablets. . . . more »
Featured resource: Checklist for worker at-home holiday safety
November 2013
In 2011, off-the-job injuries and fatalities cost the country $563 billion and cost employers 235 million lost workdays, according to the National Safety Council. Encourage your workers to take safety home for the holidays by distributing this checklist. . . . more »
Featured resource: Ammonium nitrate storage checklist
October 2013
In the wake of the fatal ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, this past spring, California Senator Barbara Boxer is urging states to increase their enforcement of safety regulations that apply to this chemical. . . . more »
Featured resource: How does your PSM program stack up?
September 2013
Following the Chevron Richmond oil refinery fire in August 2012, California formed an Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety to examine ways to improve public and worker safety through enhanced oversight of refineries and to strengthen emergency preparedness in anticipation of any future incident. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Protect workers from diesel particulate matter exposures
August 2013
Diesel engine exhaust is a complex mixture of gases and solids that has been identified as a toxic air contaminant in California since 1998. The visible portion of diesel exhaust is known as "particulate matter," or PM, and includes carbon particles or "soot" together with a variety of harmful gases and more than 40 known cancer-causing substances. . . . more »
Electrical safety: Don't be shocked! Identify counterfeit electrical products
June 2013
What are the most frequently counterfeited products in the world? Rolex watches? Louis Vuitton wallets? Try Viagra. . . . more »
Featured resource: Strengthening your safety culture How's your safety culture--what your organization thinks and practices with respect to safety?
June 2013
Organizations with a strong safety culture tend to experience low levels of risky behavior and low accident rates, turnover, and absenteeism as well as high productivity. . . . more »
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