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Appeals Board decisions: Are your safety basics up to snuff? These employers' weren't
April 2014
Did you ever miss a complicated problem on a math test, not because it was complicated but because at some point while you were working through the problem, you looked at 2+3 and inexplicably wrote "6"? . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions Workers are struck; Employers' appeals are struck down
February 2014
Sometimes a worker is in the wrong place at the wrong time--for example, right in the path of something that's about to move. That's what happened to two workers who were struck by objects that moved unexpectedly. In both cases, the employers were held liable because of failures at the management level. . . . 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 »
Cal/OSHA and UC Berkeley offer workplace safety training for small businesses
December 2013
The Department of Industrial Relations and Cal/OSHA have teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program and partners in the business, insurance, and public h . . . more »
Safety management: Is it time to update your workplace postings? Here's what you need
December 2013
When inspectors show up at your workplace, they'll probably look for specific things, depending on the reason for the inspection--for example, how you are addressing specific hazards covered by an enforcement program or whether an employee complaint is valid. . . . 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 »
Safety management: How to evaluate your safety program with leading and lagging indicators
August 2013
Is your safety program effective? How do you know? If you base your assessment solely on recorded injury and illness rates, you may not be getting the full picture--especially if you're having a bad year. And if you do nothing more to evaluate your safety program, how will you defend it against Cal/OSHA citations, not to mention critics in your own management? . . . more »
NIOSH launches safety-ready workforce initiative
July 2013
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently kicked off its Safe, Skilled, Ready Workforce Initiative, aimed at ensuring that all workers will have the basic skills they . . . more »
Safety management: CSB recommends 'inherently safer systems' after Chevron fire; How to implement effective systems
July 2013
On August 6, 2012, a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond shut down the facility for months and sent more than 15,000 nearby residents to local hospitals with breathing problems. . . . more »
Featured resource: Tips for keeping temporary employees safe
July 2013
In the wake of a recent cluster of fatalities involving temporary employees who had been on the job for only a few days, federal OSHA has launched an initiative to address safety for new temporary workers. OSHA's announcement of the initiative cited a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing that fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 12 percent of work-related deaths in 2011. . . . more »
Safety management: At the intersection of GMP, product safety, and workplace safety; Cross-disciplinary safety programs
June 2013
In 2008 and 2009, an epidemic of foodborne salmonella infections sickened more than 700 people in 46 states, killing nine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced the epidemic to contaminated peanut butter the victims ate, and from there to a peanut roasting facility in Blakely, Georgia, run by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). The facility's problems posed a hazard not only to consumers but also to workers. . . . 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 »
Injuries and illnesses: Transportation accidents, workplace violence top causes of fatal injuries; Is your industry at risk?
January 2012
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has released its preliminary Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data for 2011, a year in which 360 California workers died on the job, a 10 percent increase from 2010. . . . more »
Safety management: Tips and tricks for communicating safety in the multilingual workplace
October 2012
A key feature of the World Health Organization's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)--whose safety- and health-related provisions were recently incorporated into federal OSHA's hazard communication standard--is its set of nine pictograms. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Audit planning checklist
COCA Online Exclusive September 2012
The idea of some audits, like one by the IRS, might make your blood run cold. But when it comes to safety and health, an audit is a proactive tool that tells you if your program is achieving the desired results. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Safety Communications Checklist
COCA Online Exclusive July 2012
If health and safety are truly a top priority in your company, you need to communicate that commitment--throughout the ranks and every day. Many opportunities are available for doing so, and many ways. Our checklist will give you some ideas for effectively spreading the safety message to everyone in your organization. . . . more »
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