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The Heat is on in California: Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Requirements for Outdoor Work Sites

With the heat of summer in full swing, California employers covered by California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3395 with employees who work outdoors may want to review their practices to ensure that they are complying with Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention requirements.

There’s No Smoke There: Cal/OSHA Declines to Create Marijuana-Specific Safety Regulations

On June 15, 2017, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board met and decided that workplace hazards in the marijuana industry are adequately addressed by existing Title 8 regulations and that no new industry-specific regulations will be made at this time.

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. The standard is substantially similar to Federal OSHA’s new rules for silica. The new standard is found under Title 8 section 1532.3 of the California Code of Regulations and like the federal rule was set to go into effect on June 23, 2017.

Cal/OSHA Proposes Hotel Housekeeping Injury Rule

After several years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) recently issued a proposed standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.” The proposal currently is open for public comment and will be considered further by the Board at a public hearing on May 18 in Oakland.

New California Healthcare Workplace Safety Prevention Regulation Effective April 1, 2017

Healthcare employers in California must comply with a host of new workplace safety requirements, effective April 1, 2017, on preventing workplace violence. The new requirements include written workplace violence prevention plans, additional recordkeeping, and preventive training, among other things.

No April Fools: Groundbreaking California Workplace Violence Safety Order for Healthcare Workers to Take Effect on April 1

The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board recently passed a new safety order intended to protect healthcare workers from workplace violence.

It’s Getting Hot in Here! – Employers React with Concern and Confusion to Cal/OSHA Draft Indoor Heat Illness Standard

For the past 12 years, California has maintained a Cal/OSHA standard designed to minimize heat illness in outdoor places of employment. However, legislation enacted last year (SB 1167) now requires Cal/OSHA to develop a heat illness standard applicable to indoor places of employment.

California’s Upcoming Indoor Heat Regulation

In October 2016, Governor Brown signed and approved Senate Bill 1167 which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The law directs Cal/OSHA to draft and propose heat illness and injury prevention standards for indoor workplaces by January 1, 2019.

Cal/OSHA Adopts First in the Nation Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Employers

National research indicates that health care workers are at a substantially higher risk of workplace violence than the average worker in another industry.

Cal/OSHA Amendment Significantly Expands its Definition of “Repeat” Violations

Effective January 1, 2017, Cal/OSHA will be utilizing a broader definition of “Repeat” violation under California’s Health and Safety Code. This is significant for California employers because if Cal/OSHA finds a Repeat violation, the employer could initially be subject to a penalty of up to $70,000, and up to $124,709 or more when Cal/OSHA updates its penalties as required by federal OSHA.

California’s New Law Requires Cal/OSHA To Provide Copies of Citations Issued To Contractors to The Contractor’s State Licensing Board

On September 15, 2016, Governor Brown approved Senate Bill 465 which requires the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the California Contractors’ State Licensing Board, to transmit to the Board copies of any citations or other actions taken by the Division against a contractor.

Cal/OSHA Warns California Employers That Another Hot Summer is on the Horizon

On June 1, 2016, the California Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal/OSHA), predicting that temperatures in certain parts of Southern California and even the cooler Bay Area are expected to exceed 100 degrees, issued a “Statewide High Heat Advisory.” Cal/OSHA used the Advisory as an opportunity to remind California employers how they can protect their outdoor workers, including developing and implementing written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA “Heat Illness Prevention Standard.”

High Heat Alert in California

On June 1, 2016, The California Occupational Safety and Health Division issued a high heat advisory, warning employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness as temperatures hit extreme highs this week.

Are You Cal-OSHA Compliant?

Employers who pay attention to occupational safety and health issues know full well that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has hoped for many years to create a standard requiring employers to adopt illness and injury prevention programs. These programs—often referred to as I2P2 or IIPP—are proactive processes designed to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt or fall ill on the job. Although OSHA has been unable to promulgate such a standard on the federal level, California has required since 1991 that certain employers adopt such programs. All too often, however, employers with limited operations in the Golden State are not aware of this requirement. Employers that fail to comply run the risk of a citation, particularly if Cal-OSHA shows up to conduct an inspection after a workplace injury or an employee complaint. The agency may then not only issue a citation under the applicable hazard-specific standard, but also look to tack on an IIPP violation. Additionally, Cal-OSHA may use the IIPP req

Cal/OSHA Proposes Workplace Violence Prevention Standards in Health Care

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) has made the Golden State the first in the nation to propose standards specifically aimed at protecting health care workers against workplace violence.

California Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Fall to Lowest Level in 13 Years

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses in California remain at their lowest level in 13 years, according to occupational injury and illness data released by the California Department of Industrial Relations. The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) data reflect a total of 460,000 reportable injury and illness cases in 2014, down from a total of 468,400 cases in 2013. In 2013 and 2014, the rate for cases involving lost work-time, job transfer, or restriction-from-duty cases (collectively, “lost work-time cases”) held steady at approximately 265,000, while cases involving days away from work fell from 146,800 to 142,800. Overall, the incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in California remains at its lowest level in the past decade.

California Employers Take the Heat . . . of new Revised Heat Illness Standards

On April 7, 2015, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and the state safety and health agency announced that the current heat illness prevention regulation has been amended. The Office of Administrative Law approved the state Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board’s (OSHSB) proposed amendments to the regulations—the California Code of Regulations, Title 8§ 3395, which will become effective on May 1, 2015.

Business Owner and Job Foreman Each Go To Jail For Worker's Death

The owner and the foreman of a roofing company have each been sentenced to one year jail terms because they did not put fall protection measures in place that would have prevented a 39 year old employee from falling to his death from a four-story apartment building in San Francisco.
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