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Heat Stress and Illness in California:How to Keep California Workers from Overheating on the Job
Heat Stress and Illness in California:How to Keep California Workers from Overheating on the Job California Employer Resources Safety Webinar
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon (Pacific)

Late last year, the California Legislature amended the Labor Code to include penalties for employers that fail to provide "Cool Down Recovery Periods" to prevent heat exhaustion or stroke. The amendment is part of an ongoing effort to protect California employees from heat stress exposure including requirements to provide training, access to shade, adequate drinking water, and periodic breaks for employees working in hot environments. Join us for an in-depth webinar on May 28. The presenter, a seasoned California-based EHS professional who has helped companies develop and implement programs to address heat stress and illness, will provide participants with a effective strategy for meeting both the new and existing requirements here in California. . . .
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Crane Safety in California:Understanding the Evolving Regulatory Landscape and Assuring That Your Compliance Strategy Is On Point
Crane Safety in California:Understanding the Evolving Regulatory Landscape and Assuring That Your Compliance Strategy Is On Point California Employer Resources Safety Webinar
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
10:30 a.m. to Noon (Pacific)

In 2010, OSHA issued a final standard establishing requirements for cranes and derricks used in construction. The standard requires employers to ensure that crane operators on construction sites are certified by November 10, 2014; until that date, employers must ensure that operators are competent to safely operate a crane. Join us for an in-depth webinar on April 23. The presenter, a seasoned health, safety, and environment professional, will provide participants with details of the crane rule, including strategies to assure corporate compliance, awareness of the evolving regulatory process, guidance to achieve the necessary qualifications for personnel including crane operators, signal persons, riggers, and maintenance employees, as well as information on training required by the rule. . . .
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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 »
Cal/OSHA's Consultation Service provides free compliance assistance for California employers
May 2013
Under most circumstances, you wouldn't want Cal/OSHA showing up at your door. But there's one exception you should know about, especially in a time of tight budgets and cutbacks: Cal/OSHA's Consultation Service. . . . more »
Featured resource: How to identify amputation hazards in the workplace
April 2013
A moment's inattention--and a hand is caught in machinery. A single misstep; a foot slips in. . . . more »
Featured resource: How to identify confined spaces and control their hazards
March 2013
After seven California workers died in confined spaces in 2011, Cal/OSHA initiated a statewide Confined Space Special Emphasis Initiative. Much of the state's effort focused on the need to raise awareness of what confined spaces and their hazards are. You can use this checklist to determine whether you have any permit-required confined spaces covered by the initiative in your facility. If so, make sure your workers take appropriate precautions. . . . more »
Featured Resource: Checklist for avoiding driving-related liability
February 2013
Workers who drive as part of their employment--even if all they do is drive to and from off-site meetings during the workday--can expose you to significant liability if they're involved in an accident. To avoid liability, you need to identify drivers who could put you at risk and keep them off the road for work purposes. . . . more »
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