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Online Exclusive: Checklist of common chemotherapy drug-handling mistakes
November 2015
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is at work on creating a new standard for the handling of antineoplastic (chemotherapy) drugs in healthcare facilities. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Electrical safety checklist
October 2015
Electrical hazards are everywhere, and they present a risk for all workers--not just the electricians who work on exposed live circuits. In fact, most of the workers who are injured by electricity are not electricians. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Auger safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive September 2015
An auger is essentially a giant corkscrew blade that can range from palm-sized to more than 100 feet long. Although the structure of an auger is basic, with only one real "moving part" (the auger itself rotates), augers are extremely dangerous and can cause everything from cuts and scrapes to amputations and death. Augers are most commonly used in farming, construction, utility work, and landscaping. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample protective footwear policy
COCA Online Exclusive July 2015
When your workers require specialty safety shoes, you must pay for them. When workers aren't required to wear specific safety footwear, you may still choose to defray some of the costs of their protective footwear. It's best to have a policy to inform your workers exactly what your safety footwear requirements are and how much of their footwear expense you'll cover. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample smoke-free workplace policy
COCA Online Exclusive June 2015
Smoking is dangerous to the health of smokers, but it is also increasingly recognized as a health hazard for nonsmokers. Because of this, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended, and many employers are moving to, completely smoke-free workplaces. If you're putting a smoke-free workplace in effect, here's a sample policy you can use to help with enforcement. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Checklist for identifying loading dock dangers
COCA Online Exclusive May 2015
Loading docks may seem mundane—lacking 20-foot fall hazards, overhead power lines, or exposure to vats full of chemicals—but they have an assortment of hazards that can throw out a worker's . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Will you be ready when the compliance officer arrives?
COCA Online Exclusive April 2015
When a Cal/OSHA compliance officer arrives at your workplace, it can come as a surprise. The agency is permitted to give employers advance notice of inspections only in certain limited situations. And . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Tips for working safely on mobile devices
COCA Online Exclusive March 2015
In the not-so-distant past, only the people in the front office used computers on the job. But these days, all kinds of workers--from the manufacturing floor to the construction worksite--regularly work on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: 7 common causes of workplace fires
COCA Online Exclusive February 2015
Each year, fire breaks out at some 70,000 U.S. workplaces, killing an average of 200 employees, injuring thousands, and causing billions of dollars in property damage. Maine Municipal Association's Risk Management Services has identified the following common workplace fire hazards and some simple strategies that can keep your facility safe. . . . more »
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 »
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 »
Online exclusive: Tips for healthy air travel
COCA Online Exclusive November 2014
The holidays are a prime travel time for many American workers--our romantic notions of "home for the holidays" and "I'll be home for Christmas" are founded in a national holiday habit. But after the holidays, you'll want your workers back on the job in solid physical shape. Our air travel tips can help make sure they travel safely and arrive back in the workplace in good health this holiday season. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Spill prevention checklist
COCA Online Exclusive October 2014
Accidental spills and releases can create fire hazards, toxic exposures, and environmental concerns at your workplace--and earthquakes, like the magnitude 6.0 quake that hit Napa in August 2014, can lead to accidental spills. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Policy for out-of-service equipment
September 2014
A system for identifying malfunctioning or broken equipment and tools, and removing them from service, is vital to worker safety. But what happens once the "out-of-service" tag is applied? Without a clear policy, workers may not know how to handle this equipment. Is the equipment permanently out of service? If not, under what conditions can it be returned to service? Our policy will help you provide your workers with important guidance. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Infectious disease prevention checklist
COCA Online Exclusive August 2014
After a brief respite in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, infectious "childhood" diseases have come roaring back--and these days, they're not just affecting kids. Adults, too, have been affected by recent epidemics of measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Use our checklist to make sure that your workers don't get caught in the next outbreak. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for bite and sting prevention
COCA Online Exclusive July 2014
Are your outdoor workers being bugged? Outdoor workers in California may encounter a variety of insects that can transmit diseases or inject venom. Although in most cases this is no more than an annoyance, enough serious diseases and deadly allergies are in play to merit concern. . . . more »
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