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Temporary workers: Cal/OSHA issues new temp worker guidance
October 2015
A new Cal/OSHA fact sheet details requirements and recommended practices for staffing agencies and other primary employers that send workers out to host employer worksites. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Auger safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive September 2015
An auger is essentially a giant corkscrew blade that can range from palm-sized to more than 100 feet long. Although the structure of an auger is basic, with only one real "moving part" (the auger itself rotates), augers are extremely dangerous and can cause everything from cuts and scrapes to amputations and death. Augers are most commonly used in farming, construction, utility work, and landscaping. . . . more »
Occupational illness: Korean MERS outbreak raises concerns for workers who travel abroad
September 2015
The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Cases have since been reported in eight other countries in the region as well as the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory. Other nations in the region, including Israel, Iraq, and Syria, have not reported cases but are considered "at risk." . . . more »
Featured resource: 10 warehouse safety measures you should implement
September 2015
In 2012, warehouse and storage workers in the United States experienced nearly 12,000 injuries requiring days away from work. More than one in three of the injuries were musculoskeletal disorders, with sprains, strains, and tears the most common by far. . . . more »
Online exclusive: Communications tower safety checklist
COCA Online Exclusive August 2015
Communication tower workers are at high risk of falls, electrocution, crushing injuries, falling objects, and other hazards. Before they go aloft, they should ensure they have everything they need and that the situation itself is safe. Here's a checklist that can be adapted for use by communication tower workers. . . . more »
Report explores safety of young immigrant workers in small construction firms
August 2015
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the American Society of Safety Engineers recently released a joint report that concludes workers who are Hispanic, young, and work for sma . . . more »
Study finds holding multiple jobs increases risk of injury
August 2015
Researchers at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute Center for Injury Epidemiology have found that individuals who work multiple jobs—approximately 14 million U.S. residents—have a greater . . . more »
Hazard identification: Federal OSHA publishes guidance for nail salon workers
August 2015
In 1975, after the fall of Saigon in South Vietnam, the U.S. government evacuated more than 125,000 South Vietnamese citizens to refugee camps in the United States. At a camp near Sacramento, actress Tippi Hedren (most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds") met 20 Vietnamese women whose plight moved her. . . . more »
Health and wellness: U.S. Supreme Court decision, NIOSH study put spotlight on pregnant workers
August 2015
What's your policy regarding the safety and health of your pregnant workers? Naturally, you don't want to put a pregnant worker at risk of exposures that could harm her or her baby, but what's safe? And what does the law require in the way of accommodation? . . . more »
Featured resource: ATV operator safety policy
August 2015
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are increasingly common in various industries. ATVs have different handling characteristics than other vehicles, though, and can be extremely dangerous if mishandled. In June, for example, a Madera farm worker was killed when he took a corner too quickly, struck a pole, and broke his neck. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Sample protective footwear policy
COCA Online Exclusive July 2015
When your workers require specialty safety shoes, you must pay for them. When workers aren't required to wear specific safety footwear, you may still choose to defray some of the costs of their protective footwear. It's best to have a policy to inform your workers exactly what your safety footwear requirements are and how much of their footwear expense you'll cover. . . . more »
Hazard identification: Worker deaths rose in 2013; Cal/OSHA lists risks to focus on
July 2015
In 2013, 396 Californians died on the job--a slight uptick from the year before, when 375 workers died, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Among other notable findings, DIR's recently released figures show that California's fatality rates remain lower overall than in 2008, when the last recession hit, despite an increase in the overall employment rate. . . . more »
Featured resource: Cleaning products safety checklist
July 2015
It's important to keep the workplace clean--free of dirt, germs, mildew, and other substances that can harm your workers' health. But the chemicals used to keep the workplace clean can cause health problems, too. Using cleaning chemicals improperly or carelessly can expose workers to substances that cause asthma, skin reactions, allergic responses, chemical burns, and chemical pneumonia. . . . more »
NIOSH launches topic pages on work and reproductive health
June 2015
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has unveiled new topic pages for workers, employers, and healthcare professionals on work and reproductive health. The pages recognize . . . more »
DIR reports 2013 fatal occupational injuries
June 2015
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently released data on the deaths of Californians on the job in 2013; the figures are the latest numbers available. DIR reported that the number of fata . . . more »
Hazard identification: NIOSH recommends tobacco-free workplaces, indoors and out
June 2015
It has been 50 years since the first Surgeon General's Report on the health consequences of smoking was published--and 50 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fired the first salvos in its war to prevent disease caused by tobacco use. . . . more »
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