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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 »
Safety management: Has there been a recall? How to find out, and what to do
May 2014
You've just put new Michelin tires on the company trucks, and new Red Wing safety shoes on the workers' feet. You've replaced all of your surge protectors with nice new ones from Schneider, and you've put a Kenmore dehumidifier in that damp corner to help keep the area clear of the mold you just removed. Your workplace is now safer. . . . more »
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 »
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