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Heat Stress and Illness in California:How to Keep California Workers from Overheating on the JobHeat 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 PointCrane 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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PAST WEBINARS
Confined Space Requirements:How to Ensure Compliance Under Cal-OSHA
U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that on average there are 92 fatalities and 11,000 injuries annually as a result of incidents occurring in confined spaces. California's Confined Space Special Emphasis Initiative, which has been in place since 2012, as well as recent citations and fines regarding confined space incidents in the workplace, illustrate Cal/OSHA's commitment to preventing worker deaths and injuries. Join us for an in-depth webinar. Our presenter, a seasoned safety professional who has helped many companies develop and implement effective confined space programs, will provide participants with detailed guidance on how to assure that your confined space programs are effective and in compliance with Cal/OSHA regulations. . . . more »

Cal-OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting:How to Avoid Violations and Make Sure Your Documentation Is in Order
OSHA recordkeeping and reporting violations can prove mighty costly here in California. In fact, the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board has ruled that, absent mitigating factors, failing to report a serious injury (meaning hospitalization overnight, death, disfigurement, etc.) is an "automatic" $5,000 fine. In addition, federal OSHA has proposed changes in reporting of injuries, which resemble Cal/OSHA rules. It's important to know about OSHA's proposals and how to prepare for any compliance updates that may need to take place. . . . more »

Getting Injured Workers Back to Work in California: Return-to-Work Strategies for Success Amid Recent WC Reform Measures
Most of the implementation of S.B. 863, which has been widely lauded as the "new and improved" workers' compensation reform package, occurred in 2013. The package, signed into law in 2012, contains a plethora of revisions intended to improve delivery of benefits to injured workers while reducing costs for employers. This is especially true in the area of medical treatment. . . . more »

Cal-OSHA Inspections: How to Prepare for and Perform During the Inspection to Assure Success
As most safety professionals know, an inspection by Cal-OSHA can get complicated quickly. Right now, Cal-OSHA inspectors are looking much closer at illness and injury prevention programs (IIPPs), hazard identification, fall protection, heat illness, and training programs. Plus, because of budgetary issues, fines and penalties appear to be larger. And, when you consider all of the potential violations that could occur based on the almost infinite array of Cal-OSHA regulations, it can feel like you are already behind the power curve--with the table tipped in favor of the inspectors. Even when your safety program is in good shape, you may feel like you are at a disadvantage when an inspector shows up. . . . more »

Flu Season & California's ATD Standard: Best Practices Achieving Regulatory Compliance & for Protecting Your Workplace from a Devastating Outbreak
In August 2013 researchers reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of yet another new strain of bird flu (H7N9) in China, and they concluded that there is a potential for pandemic spread. And, even if this does not occur, H7N9 provides an important reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant. . . . more »

California's Approach to GHS: Why It's Important to Recognize Key Differences
Cal/OSHA has adopted the federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard which now is aligned with the World Health Organization's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), but they did so in typical California fashion. The state and federal regulations are fundamentally the same, but because Cal/OSHA has implementation authority for the OSHA program, the agency chose to include several changes for the California-regulated community. . . . more »

Cal-OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: How to Avoid Violations and Make Sure Your Documentation Is in Order
OSHA recordkeeping and reporting violations can prove mighty costly here in California. In fact, the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board has ruled that, absent mitigating factors, failing to report a serious injury (meaning hospitalization overnight, death, disfigurement, etc.) is an "automatic" $5,000 fine now. . . . more »

Cal/OSHA Inspections: How to Prepare for and Perform During the Inspection to Ensure Your Success
An inspection by Cal/OSHA can quickly get complicated. When you consider all of the potential violations that could occur based on what seem like nearly infinite Cal/OSHA regulations, it can feel like you are already behind the power curve. The table really does seem tipped in favor of the inspectors . . . more »

Safety Recordkeeping in California: Maintaining Records that Pass Inspection and Build a Strong Safety Culture
When thinking about Cal/OSHA recordkeeping requirements, it's easy to default to the mandatory forms (300, 300A, 301). But your recordkeeping requirements don't end there. What about training records? Exposure records? Testing records? Do you know what data you need to record? Do you know how long you need to retain each document? . . . more »

Drug and Alcohol Testing in California: Effective Strategies That Protect Your Company and Your Employees
An effective drug and alcohol testing program is one of an employer's best weapons, but making sure you abide by the requirements of various California and federal laws can get tremendously complicated. How can you establish an effective program that doesn't cause potential legal headaches down the road? . . . more »

Hazardous Waste Management in California: Smart Strategies for Cost-Effective Compliance
The cost of compliance is rising. And state agencies and local CUPAs are heading down a path of increasingly aggressive enforcement. If you don't have a clear understanding of the applicable regulations and enforcement agencies, you won't be able to identify effective compliance options that reduce liability and save costs . . . more »

Cal/OSHA Inspections: How To Effectively Prepare For A Surprise Visit From Cal/OSHACal/OSHA Inspections: How To Effectively Prepare For A Surprise Visit From Cal/OSHA
Considering whether your safety program is truly prepared for an Cal/OSHA inspection at any moment can keep even the best safety managers up at night. How do you make sure you've covered all of your bases? Cal/OSHA's requirements can be daunting and complex, and an inspector has a great deal of discretion in the conclusions he or she draws about your workplace. Plus, even if you successfully contest a citation, you're out both time and money trying to fight it. . . . more »

Safety Committees: How To Build an Effective Program From the Ground UpSafety Committees: How To Build an Effective Program From the Ground Up
Safety committees, when designed and implemented the right way, are incredibly effective at helping companies reduce accidents, injuries, and fines. OSHA places a high value on safety committees, but doesn't make them mandatory--however, several states do. . . . more »

Safety in the C-Suite: How To Gain Essential Buy-In From the Top Levels of Your OrganizationSafety in the C-Suite: How To Gain Essential Buy-In From the Top Levels of Your Organization
No matter how passionate you are about your workplace safety program, it probably won't be effective unless you're able to get the highest levels of your organization on board. But what's the best way to do this? Your executives are waging various wars on many fronts. How can you get their attention and, more importantly, convince them that safety is a worthwhile investment for both the company's workers and its bottom line? . . . more »

Workers' Comp Reforms: How S.B. 863 Will Affect Your Workplace; Get Prepared NowWorkers' Comp Reforms: How S.B. 863 Will Affect Your Workplace; Get Prepared Now
S.B. 863, widely lauded as a "new and improved" workers' comp reform package, was signed into law this past September . . . more »

Cal-OSHA Inspection Prep: What to Do Before, During, and After to Achieve Positive ResultsCal-OSHA Inspection Prep: What to Do Before, During, and After to Achieve Positive Results
Make no mistake--inspectors are more aggressive than ever, as a result of changes to the serious violations definition, a focus on Illness and Injury Prevention Plans and Hazard Identification and Safety Training documentation, and criticism by Fed-OSHA. New fall protection standards, heat illness prevention plans and other requirements are targeting work sites in construction, agriculture, landscaping, transportation, delivery, and more. Citations with larger fines are more likely. . . . more »

California Workers' Comp 101: How to Manage Your Program in a Challenging EnvironmentCalifornia Workers' Comp 101: How to Manage Your Program in a Challenging Environment
When it comes to managing a workers' compensation program, California employers face some of the most significant challenges. Our laws are not only extremely complex but tend to be out of balance. And since the costs associated with WC can have significant impact on your bottom line, having a program in place that addresses these complexities and the lack of a level playing field is critical. . . . more »

Managing and Responding to Cal-OSHA: How to Proceed After Inspectors LeaveManaging and Responding to Cal-OSHA: How to Proceed After Inspectors Leave
Following the completion of a Cal-OSHA inspection of your facility, it's time to see what the inspectors have found. They will likely reveal citations during the closing conference, and while you hope the findings will be straightforward, you know from past experience that things can get complicated. Even more so when you get the written report. . . . more »

Injury & Illness Prevention Programs: Are You Headed for a Citation? Make Sure Yours Is Effective and CompliantInjury & Illness Prevention Programs: Are You Headed for a Citation? Make Sure Yours Is Effective and Compliant
As you know, every California employer is required to have a written, "effective" Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). There's no question that a well-executed IIPP provides significant benefits for a company's safety program. But companies continue to struggle with IIPPs, and IIPP-related violations continue to be among the Top 10 most frequently cited by Cal/OSHA. . . . more »

Safety Recordkeeping in California: Maintaining Records that Pass Inspection and Build a Strong Safety CultureSafety Recordkeeping in California: Maintaining Records that Pass Inspection and Build a Strong Safety Culture
When thinking about Cal/OSHA recordkeeping requirements, it's easy to default to the mandatory forms (300, 300A, 301). But your recordkeeping requirements don't end there. What about training records? Exposure records? Testing records? Do you know what data you need to record? Do you know how long you need to retain each document? . . . more »


Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor audio conferences and webinars are:

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Expert speakers develop presentations in conjunction with our award-winning editorial team. Your handout—delivered electronically days before the presentation—contains not just speaker bios and an outline of the presentation, but supplemental editorial materials, often including sample policies, past articles, checklists and more.

Interactive
You get at least 30 minutes of live question-and-answer sessions in each audio conference and webinar. This is your chance to tailor the webinar to your specific needs. Past attendees have told us the Q&A is the most valuable part of the webinars.

California-specific
Unlike programs you might see advertised elsewhere, our audio conferences and webinars are focused on what's important to California employers. When California and federal rules cross, you'll find out which you need to follow when. Oftentimes big changes in federal rules don't mean anything to employers in our state because California rules are stricter. Don't waste your time and money on programs that aren't specifically designed for you. And if you need to know about federal rules because you have employees in another state, our speakers can help you with that too.

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