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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 »
Cal/OSHA cites employer over policy discouraging seat belt use
October 2014
Cal/OSHA has cited Menzies Aviation $77,250 for three serious accident-related, one serious, and one regulatory violation following an investigation into the death of a worker at Los Angeles Internati . . . more »
Personal protective equipment: Warehouse socked with $300,000 fine for foot hazards; How to avoid its missteps
October 2014
When your workers are exposed to hazards that can't be eliminated, you may need to provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE). There is more than one potential failure point in the process of identifying the hazard, selecting the PPE, and putting it into use. One California employer found that out after Cal/OSHA inspected it in 2012 and then reinspected in 2014. Read on to learn from its experience. . . . more »
Enforcement: New federal enforcement guidelines target 'alarming' communication tower hoisting deaths
October 2014
Fatality rates have steadily risen at communication tower worksites. The industry suffered more deaths in 2013 than in the previous 2 years combined, and by July 2014, had already suffered nine more. In response to this "alarming increase in preventable injuries and fatalities," federal OSHA has updated its communication tower directive. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Teach your workers to be hardheaded about hard hats
October 2014
Workers can be resistant to wearing hard hats. After all, the hats can be hot, heavy, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and generally a pain. But it's important that they learn instead to be hardheaded about wearing and caring for their protective headgear. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Are your workers in double jeopardy from hazards at work and at home?
September 2014
Suppose that in his latest hearing test, you notice that a young worker is showing a standard threshold shift, an indicator that he has suffered some degree of hearing loss. Your workplace is noisy enough to cause the hearing loss, but the controls you have in place should prevent it. . . . more »
Featured resource: A handy field sanitation checklist
September 2014
In 2008, Coronado Irrigation Services of Shafter (in Kern County) was cited for multiple violations of Cal/OSHA's field sanitation requirements, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Section 3457. The employer appealed the fines, citing financial hardship--and it took 6 years before the fines were at last reduced. . . . more »
Infectious diseases: Measles makes a comeback, and MERS comes on strong; Are your workers at risk?
August 2014
Between vaccinations and antibiotics, it seemed for a time that the United States was winning the battle against infectious childhood illnesses. That doesn't seem like such a sure thing these days, so employers need to take steps to protect workers from measles and other infectious diseases that are on the rise. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Relax! And more tips to prevent sprains, strains, and similar injuries
August 2014
If you had a lost workday incident in 2012, there's a very good chance it was caused by a sprain, strain, or tear. Injuries in that category accounted for 38 percent of total injury and illness cases requiring days away from work--and soreness or pain from nonspecified injuries made up another 15 percent of cases. Taken together, that's more than half of all lost workday incidents in the United States for 2012. . . . more »
Material handling: 8 Cal/OSHA rules for ensuring conveyor safety
August 2014
Ramon Flores worked for EZ Mix, Inc., in Sun Valley, for 12 years. When preparing to take his lunch break on February 19, 2008, he noticed the belt on an inclined conveyor needed cleaning--something he did routinely, two or three times a day. . . . more »
Trainer's handbook: Give your restaurant workers some (safety) tips
July 2014
Want a recipe for danger? Put a lot of people in a tight space with lots of sharp edges, hot surfaces, open flames, and chemicals--and then put a lot of pressure on them to move quickly. If you've got a restaurant, you've got workers who are at risk for a whole menu of injuries. Proper training can alert them to hazards and enhance their safety. . . . more »
Study highlights effect of sleep deprivation on productivity
June 2014
A recent study by the Virgin Pulse Institute suggests that 76 percent of the workforce is tired most weekdays and 15 percent have fallen asleep on the job at least on . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Safety checklist for bicycle commuters
COCA Online Exclusive May 2014
May is Bike to Work month in California and nationwide, and May 8, 2014, marks the state's 20th annual Bike to Work Day. Supporters of the bike-to-work movement point out that bikes enhance traffic conditions, environmental conditions, and personal health. . . . more »
NIOSH promotes healthy aging among workers
May 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a new topic page that offers a worker-focused perspective on health and safety and c . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Put the finger on hand hazards in your workplace
COCA Online Exclusive April 2014
Two tools are essential for almost any job you can think of--your hands. It's natural, then, that preventing hand injuries should be high on any list of safety priorities. Here's a handy checklist to help you identify and control hazards in your workplace that can cause injuries to workers' hands. . . . more »
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