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Appeals Board decisions: Employer burned by scattered documents; Do you know where your written plan is?
February 2015
Cal/OSHA is serious about enforcing its heat illness prevention standard, General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) Section 3395. Sacramento-based Rosendin Electric discovered this the hard way during a "heat sweep" the agency conducted on August 15, 2012. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Just because it's 'in writing' doesn't mean it's a 'written plan'
July 2014
On August 15, 2012, Cal/OSHA inspected the worksite of Rosendin Electric, an electrical subcontractor performing work in a Sacramento parking garage. The inspector requested a copy of Rosendin's heat illness prevention plan, but the employer was unable to provide one at the time. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Checklist for calculating 'days away from work'
COCA Online Exclusive January 2014
Do your employees who maintain Cal/OSHA injury and illness records understand what "days away from work" means and how to record them? Here's a checklist of rules for recording lost workdays. . . . more »
Cal/OSHA updates sample IIPPs
April 2013
Cal/OSHA has issued two updated sample Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPPs) for high-hazard employers and non-high-hazard employers. The agency provides sev . . . more »
Fall protection: Do your COSP and IIPP include scaffolds? What to cover
February 2013
Scaffolds enable workers to perform work at elevation more safely than ladders or some other types of equipment, but like many useful pieces of equipment, they can also pose a hazard to workers. Scaffolds may collapse while being erected or dismantled, or if they are incorrectly assembled or overloaded. Workers who don't know the risks can fall. . . . more »
Legislative update: Governor signs bill addressing mental health facility IIPPs, vetoes other worker safety bills
December 2012
The California legislature passed five bills this year that could have affected occupational safety and health practices as well as liability for agricultural employers and state hospitals. This fall, Governor Brown signed one of those bills but vetoed the rest. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Law office employee suffers injury; Employer suffers citations
December 2012
On Friday, September 16, 2011, a new employee had just started working at the Law Offices of Christopher P. Ruiz, APLC, in Santa Ana. When she walked out of the building that day, she missed her footing on the front step and was seriously injured, fracturing both of her ankles. . . . more »
Special Report included with this issue: The 8 keys to a Cal/OSHA-compliant IIPP
October 2012
Since 1991, California employers been required to create a comprehensive written safety management plan called an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Although this requirement has existed fo . . . more »
Employee discipline: Put some teeth in your safety program with progressive discipline
October 2012
To be effective, most of your safety program must be put in place on the front end. Safe work practices and training, personal protective equipment, and engineered protections like ventilation and handrails should, ideally, be in place before a worker ever clocks in. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Repeat violation leads to double penalty for employer; Factors that affect penalty calculations
August 2012
At Overhill Farms, a food processing facility in the Los Angeles County city of Vernon, Gary Pan was assigned to work in November 2010 alongside the conveyor belt that transferred packaged products to a freezer. His job duties included making sure the trays of products did not get jammed at the transfer point between the conveyor and the transfer plate that carried the products to the freezer. . . . more »
Injury and illness prevention programs: Identifying and evaluating workplace hazards; 3 tips for employers
July 2012
California requires all employers to prepare an injury and illness prevention program (IIPP) that comprehensively identifies and addresses workplace hazards. Cal/OSHA's IIPP standard, found in Section 3203 of the General Industry Safety Orders, requires you to include in your IIPP "procedures for identifying and evaluating workplace hazards." Here are three methods you can use to comply with this requirement. . . . more »
Enforcement: Cal/OSHA Turns Up the Heat on Warehouse Operations After Worker's Heat-Related Illness
May 2012
Temperatures inside the San Bernardino County warehouse were well over 90 degrees in August 2011, and 49-year-old warehouse worker Domingo Blancas was feeling nauseated and dizzy. He asked for a ride to the hospital but couldn't get one. At the end of his shift, Blancas' son took him to Pomona Valley Hospital, where he was admitted and treated for dehydration and heat exposure. . . . more »
Risk Management: Study Finds Increased Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, Identifies Previously Unknown Cost Drivers
May 2012
What does a work-related injury, illness, or fatality really cost? . . . more »
Featured Resource: California's Injury, Illness, and Fatality Reporting Requirements: When to Call DOSH
May 2012
When a worker is injured on the job, you have a lot to think about: Do I need to call emergency medical services? What about my insurance carrier? . . . more »
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs: Do They Work? Study Examines the Link Between Compliance and Safety
April 2012
With federal OSHA considering the implementation of an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) standard, employers and academics alike have asked the question: Do injury and illness prevention programs really work? . . . more »
Appeals Board Decisions: Employer's Cal/SHARP Status Bears Fruit; Citations Against IIPP Thrown Out
December 2010
At a geothermal power plant operated by Cal Energy Operating Corporation in the Imperial County city of Calipatria, two workers were welding a flange onto an injection well pipe when flammable gases inside the pipe exploded, seriously injuring one of the workers. After the April 2009 incident, a Cal/OSHA inspection resulted in multiple citations against Cal Energy, including one for not requiring in its Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) that inspections identify and evaluate hazards whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment are introduced, or whenever the employer becomes aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard. . . . more »
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