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Online Exclusive: Put the finger on hand hazards in your workplace
COCA Online Exclusive April 2014
Two tools are essential for almost any job you can think of--your hands. It's natural, then, that preventing hand injuries should be high on any list of safety priorities. Here's a handy checklist to help you identify and control hazards in your workplace that can cause injuries to workers' hands. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Policy for preventing pesticide exposures
COCA Online Exclusive March 2014
April and May are the heaviest usage months for pesticides in California, making them high-risk for pesticide poisoning incidents. Surprisingly, these incidents are more likely to affect workers who d . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for occupational lead exposure control programs
COCA Online Exclusive February 2014
al/OSHA regulates worker exposures to occupational lead in General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Section 5198 and Construction Safety Orders (CSO) Section 1532.1. Although the permissible exposure limits (PELs) for lead may be significantly reduced in the near future, the program requirements probably will not change. Our checklist will help you determine how your program stacks up against those requirements. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for calculating 'days away from work'
COCA Online Exclusive January 2014
Do your employees who maintain Cal/OSHA injury and illness records understand what "days away from work" means and how to record them? Here's a checklist of rules for recording lost workdays. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for protection in the trenches
COCA Online Exclusive December 2013
In March 2013, two pipe layers were checking the depth of a trench when an unshored wall caved in, killing one of them and severely injuring the other. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Safety equipment sign-out sheet
COCA Online Exclusive November 2013
Having the right gear can mean the difference between life and death for workers. But if you have equipment that is used on a task basis, rather than being assigned to a specific worker, it may have a tendency to "wander off" and not come home. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for keeping older workers safe on the road
COCA Online Exclusive October 2013
Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the United States. In August 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study on workplace highway deaths that found that the highest fatality rates occurred among workers age 65 and older. These workers died in highway transportation incidents -- as operators, passengers, or pedestrians -- at a rate more than three times that of workers age 18-54. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Spray finishing health and safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive September 2013
Workers in spray finishing operations may face respiratory hazards from airborne chemical exposures, fire and explosion hazards from combustible chemicals, and other hazards--depending on the specifics of the work they do. This checklist of questions for employers with spray finishing operations can help you identify and control the hazards your workers could run into on the job. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Compliance checklist for a bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan
COCA Online Exclusive August 2013
Workers who are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens because they could have skin, eye, mucous membrane, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials while performing their jobs are covered by Cal/OSHA's bloodborne pathogens standard, located in General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Section 5193. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Conveyor safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive July 2013
Conveyors are among the oldest and most basic labor-saving material-handling devices. They increase productivity and reduce the risk of lifting-related back and shoulder injuries. Unfortunately, like many labor-saving devices that enhance safety in one area, they create their own set of hazards of a different type. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample guns-at-work policy
COCA Online Exclusive June 2013
The presence of guns increases the possibility of gun violence--so say studies that have examined gun ownership among homeowners, as well as studies examining the availability of guns in the workplace. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Checklist for dealing with workplace power interruptions
COCA Online Exclusive May 2013
Do you have a plan for when the power goes out unexpectedly? You should. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Does your fleet safety program cover the essentials?
April 2013
Transportation incidents have been the leading cause of work-related fatalities for many years. They're also a source of significant liability exposure, and even fender-benders (crashes involving only property damage, with no injuries) can be costly. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Forklift training checklist
COCA Online Exclusive March 2013
General Industry Safety Order 3668 lists requirements for powered industrial truck operator training, including extensive training requirements. If your facility is inspected, the Cal/OSHA inspector will expect you to provide training records and certifications for each forklift operator in your facility. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for Cal/OSHA inspection preparation
COCA Online Exclusive February 2013
Cal/OSHA inspectors follow a procedure when inspecting a worksite. It doesn't vary all that much, but many employers are still caught off guard, unaware of what to expect and what they will be asked (and legally required) to provide. This checklist will help you prepare for the day that Cal/OSHA comes knocking. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample policy for seasonal and communicable diseases
COCA Online Exclusive January 2012
Each year in the United States, as many as one in five people fall victim to seasonal influenza. Twenty million will suffer some form of gastroenteritis (stomach illness).And more than a billion cases of "the common cold" strike each year--that's more than two colds apiece. Peak season for all of these illnesses typically hits in January and February. . . . more »
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