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  1. Workplace Safety Tip: Working in the Rain
    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. Hazardous Materials: A Little Rash You Should Pay Attention To
    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 »

  3. Federal OSHA: OSHA Issues Scam Warning
    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 »

  4. 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 »

  5. Nonconductive Flammable Liquids: Bonding and Grounding May Not Be Enough to Prevent a Disaster
    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 »

  6. 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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  7. Shift Work: Reducing the Adverse Impact of Working the Night Shift
    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 »

  8. Employee Exposure Records--What to Keep and for How Long
    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. OSHA vs. Cal/OSHA--What's the difference?
    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 »

  10. Featured Resource: Workplace kitchen safety checklist
    November 2012
    The employee kitchen is often a hub of activity that has nothing to do with work--but can have plenty of risk to your workers' safety and health. Post this safety checklist in your kitchen to help employees avoid burns, cuts, and foodborne illnesses. . . . more »

  11. Improving Workers' Comp: Hard Work--But Worth the Effort
    April 3, 2013
    Workers' compensation benefits can be a lifesaver for an injured employee, but providing and managing coverage can be a costly hassle for employers. Experts say that workers fare better and companies save money when comp is integrated into safety and risk management functions. . . . more »

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

  13. 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 »

  14. 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 »

  15. Time to Prepare for Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses
    March 26, 2014
    As outdoor work picks up along with the warmer weather, the chances of being exposed to tick-borne illnesses increase. If you have employees who work outdoors in heavily wooded or grassy areas, give them valuable information on common tick-borne illnesses--as well as the ways to prevent getting bitten. . . . more »

  16. How Cal/OSHA Regulates Workplace Hazards Where No Specific Standard Exists
    May 14, 2014
    Some hazards are not subject to a specific standard, but employers nevertheless have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace, free from recognized hazards. Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA deal very differently with situations in which no specific standard applies to something that clearly poses a serious hazard to workers. . . . more »

  17. Workplace Safety Tip: Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist
    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 »

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

  19. Workplace Safety Tip: Dealing with MRSA Risks in the Workplace
    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 »

  20. 5 Common Ergonomics Mistakes
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics attributes 34 percent of reportable workplace injuries to poor ergonomic conditions. Unfortunately, in an effort to cut these injury rates, some companies are making some major mistakes. Don't be one of them. . . . more »

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