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  1. Workplace Safety Tip: Working in the Rain
    11/14/2007
    Employees working in the rain face additional hazards, such as poor visibility and wet, slippery surfaces. Here are work practices that will help prevent accidents and injuries when working in the rain . . . more »

  2. Nonconductive Flammable Liquids: Bonding and Grounding May Not Be Enough to Prevent a Disaster
    07/16/2008
    On July 17, 2007, 6,000 residents of Valley Center, Kan., were evacuated when a storage tank filled with varnish maker's and painter's naphtha, a material classified as a nonconductive flammable liquid, at the Barton Solvents facility exploded during routine transfer operations. A recent report released . . . more »

  3. Hazardous Materials: A Little Rash You Should Pay Attention To
    03/12/2008
    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that skin problems account for 10 to 15 percent of work-related diseases. Of these, some 25 percent or more are related to work with portland cement or concrete containing portland cement. . . . more »

  4. Sample Incident and Near Miss Reporting Policy
    Updated May 2010
    In order to ensure a safe, healthful, and efficient work environment for our employees, the Company has established the following incident and near miss reporting policy as a condition of employment and continued employment

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  5. OSHA vs. Cal/OSHA--What's the difference?
    10/29/2008
    Oftentimes, managers, supervisors, and even a few safety professionals are unclear about the roles played by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA or DOSH). . . . more »

  6. Shift Work: Reducing the Adverse Impact of Working the Night Shift
    03/26/2008
    The United States has increasingly become a 24/7 society. With the Internet and the advent of things such as 24-hour shopping, the number of 24/7 work situations where night shifts are required has accelerated. Some 15 million workers work the night shift across the country. . . . more »

  7. Federal OSHA: OSHA Issues Scam Warning
    02/06/2008
    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a warning to employers about scam artists trying to coerce employers into purchasing OSHA documents. According to the agency, employers have received threatening notices, messages, or telephone calls from various companies saying that to be in compliance with OSHA rules and . . . more »

  8. Employee Exposure Records--What to Keep and for How Long
    12/3/2008
    Illnesses resulting from workplace exposures--such as mesothelioma (asbestos) and leukemia (benzene)--often fail to manifest themselves until years later. For this reason Cal/OSHA requires employers to retain records of employee exposures to toxic substances and harmful physical agents for decades. . . . more »

  9. Featured Resource: This Is a Fire Drill … Checklist
    April 2012
    When was your last fire or emergency evacuation drill? If more than six months ago, it's time to think about staging another. Careful planning and evaluation can help you get the most out of your drills. Use our checklist to help with both. . . . more »

  10. Workplace Safety Tip: Dealing with MRSA Risks in the Workplace
    10/31/2007
    With stories of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylcoccus aureus) infections showing up in the news, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued advice to workers and employers on how to . . . more »

  11. Workplace Safety Tip: Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist
    2/21/2007
    Two years ago, 50-year-old Alfonso Tapia of Salinas Valley was killed while delivering a load of topsoil, when the brakes failed on the truck he was d . . . more »

  12. Permeation, Degradation, and Breakthrough: How They Affect Your PPE
    08/27/2008
    Often, employees who are exposed to chemical hazards need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes gloves and, occasionally, chemical protective suits. . . . more »

  13. Cal/OSHA Violations: What's in a Name?
    07/30/2008
    Cal/OSHA recently issued citations to a farm labor contractor following an investigation of the death of a 17-year-old farm worker from heat stroke. The proposed fines, which included three serious and willful citations, two serious citations, one regulatory citation, and one general citation, totaled $262,700, . . . more »

  14. 5 Tips for Writing a Good Job Hazard Analysis
    April 07, 2010
    A job hazard analysis is a useful safety tool for supervisors. It can be used to identify and remedy hazards in the wor . . . more »

  15. Workplace Safety Tip: Holding Effective Tailgate/Toolbox Safety Meetings
    4/18/2007
    Every California employer is required to establish and maintain a safety program that includes employee training in safe work practices. For those in . . . more »

  16. DOWNLOAD: Powered Industrial Trucks: California's Requirements for Equipment, Workplace Postings, Safe Operation, and Training
    September 2006
    This Special Report will help you navigate Cal/OSHA's sometimes--confusing industrial truck standards, which are arranged differently than federal OSHA's regulation and have different specific requirements. This Report will also help you ensure that your equipment meets Cal/OSHA standards by providing a comprehensive checklist you can use to inspect your equipment. . . . more »

  17. Workplace Safety Tip: Drywall Installation Safety
    10/18/2006
    On September 19, a drywall installer in Riverside was killed while trimming sheetrock--his knife slipped and cut his neck. The fatality highlights the . . . more »

  18. DOWNLOAD: Key Differences Between California OSHA and Federal OSHA Special Report
    Whether you're a California employer looking to expand into another part of the country or an employer from outside California planning to expand your business into the state, California's occupational safety and health program and rules are likely to be an issue for you. This report covers some key differences between Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA . . . more »

  19. Workplace Safety Tip: IIPP Checklist
    2/28/2007
    Since 1991, California employers have been required to have a written, effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The program's required components are: management commitment; safety communications; . . . more »

  20. Implementing New GHS Changes: What Does it Mean for You?
    May 22, 2012
    GHS is a Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals, and it's about to affect your workplace. Even though you've probably . . . more »

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