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Safety culture: Are your workers becoming complacent? Help them refocus on safety
January 2016
When you put an effective safety program in place--one that eliminates as many hazards as possible, substitutes safer alternatives when available, and uses engineering controls to minimize other hazards--your workers can start to think of the workplace as "safe." And when people feel safe, what happens? They might let their guard down. . . . more »
Safety management: Expand your safety culture to contractors and suppliers
December 2015
Your safety culture--the attitudes and habits underlying safety and health practices in your workplace--is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward your contractors' and suppliers' safety practices. . . . more »
Safety management: Cal/OSHA fact sheet details workers' rights; Employers need to know them, too
November 2015
You know that you have to comply with Cal/OSHA regulations that cover safety and health hazards in your workplace. You know that if Cal/OSHA inspects your facility and cites you for violations, you have a right to appeal. But are your workers just as familiar with their rights and responsibilities under Cal/OSHA rules? They should be--and so should you. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Jobsite safety inspections: Do your workers know what's required?
October 2015
At a construction worksite, the hazards may change daily--even hourly. To catch and correct hazards that crop up, regular jobsite safety inspections are necessary, and Cal/OSHA requires them as part of your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). . . . more »
Safety management: Most-cited standards and causes of death show where hazards are
August 2015
We all need to set priorities, and when it comes to worker safety and health and regulatory compliance, annual statistics released by Cal/OSHA, federal OSHA, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provide employers with valuable guidance on where they need to focus their attention. . . . 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 »
Special Report included with this issue: Safety incentive programs: How to properly motivate safe behaviors
April 2015
Properly developed incentive programs can dramatically cut the number of workplace accidents and injuries, in turn cutting your insurance rates. In our new Special Report, we discuss how incentive pro . . . more »
Hazard identification: Cooperation and coordination create better protection for temporary workers
November 2014
When an employer hires a full-time, permanent employee, there is no question about who will perform the training, provide the protective equipment, and keep the records pertaining to the worker's expo . . . more »
Safety management: Use near misses to get everyone thinking about safety
November 2014
Production worries. Procurement worries. Personnel worries. Personal worries. . . . more »
Safety management: Encourage worker safety with an effective incentive program
September 2014
It seemed like a good idea at the time: Reward workers for working safely by providing cash and goods that they could earn as incentives. Even better, put peer pressure to good use by rewarding workers in groups; workers, wanting their premiums, would encourage one another not to cut safety corners and to stay safe. . . . more »
Health and wellness: What does the obesity epidemic mean for workplace safety?
September 2014
It's no secret that California's workforce is becoming heavier. With more than half of the state's adults either overweight or obese, have you considered the impact of your workers' expanding waistlines on workplace safety? Keep reading for key issues to consider. . . . more »
Safety management: Start new workers off on the right foot with a strong safety orientation
August 2014
It's as true in safety as it is in anything else: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When a new worker enters your workplace, you have a chance to convey the importance of your safety program, the basics of your safety culture, and the regard you have for employee safety. . . . more »
Featured resource: Cut back on tree-trimming hazards
August 2014
Joshua Pudsey was helping trim a 60-foot eucalyptus tree at a La Mesa home on November 12, 2013, when a branch fell out of control. Pudsey, a 42-year-old laborer, was struck in the head and thrown to the concrete driveway below. He was declared dead at the scene. . . . more »
Safety management: Fatalities, most-cited standards give a picture of state's safety by numbers
July 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has finalized its 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), revising California's figures slightly upward from 339 to 375. Nationwide, 4,628 workers were killed in 2012, the second-lowest annual total recorded since 1992, when the first CFOI was conducted. And Cal/OSHA has released its list of most-cited standards for 2013. Read on for a numerical overview of California workplace safety. . . . more »
Safety management: Clearheaded advice on dealing with marijuana in your workplace
June 2014
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana use. Since then, 19 additional states and the District of Columbia have legalized pot for medicinal use, and Washington and Colorado have famously legalized the plant for recreational use, too. Under federal law, however, recreational use of the drug remains illegal, pitting employers' drug-free workplace policies against workers whose marijuana use is, under state law, perfectly legal. . . . more »
Featured resource: New employee safety orientation checklist
June 2014
You've finally filled some of those open positions, and it's time to put your new employees to work. First, though, you need to make sure they understand your facility's safety ins and outs. This checklist can help you ensure that you cover all of your new employee safety orientation bases. . . . more »
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