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California May Require Some Employers to Electronically Report Workplace Injuries and Illnesses to Feds

California's workplace safety agency has proposed emergency regulations that would require certain employers to electronically submit their summary of recordable work-related injuries and illnesses covering calendar year 2017 to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by December 31, 2018.

CAL/OSHA Emergency Regulation on Injury and Illness Recording and Recordkeeping Will Require Certain Employer Action by December 31, 2018

Recently, Cal/OSHA published its Proposed Emergency Regulatory Action on Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, as required by Assembly Bill 2334, which was signed into law last month. The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, amends state occupational safety and health law regarding injury and illness recordkeeping requirements. Under the emergency regulations, certain employers must submit their Cal/OSHA 300 logs by December 31, 2018.

Cal/OSHA Alert: Proposed Regulations to Prevent Indoor Heat Illness

Over a decade after California adopted its outdoor heat illness regulations, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is inching closer to adopting regulations titled “Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment.” In its latest draft, the proposed regulation would apply to “all indoor work areas where the temperature equals or exceeds 82 degrees Fahrenheit when employees are present.”

Cal/OSHA to Expand Workplace Violence Regulations to a General Industry Standard

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is seeking to expand its workplace violence regulations, which currently regulate healthcare facilities, to a general industry standard, which would affect employers in all industries. Cal/OSHA is seeking input on a revised discussion draft for workplace violence prevention in general industry, and interested parties are invited to submit written comments to Senior Safety Engineer Kevin Graulich at KGraulich@dir.ca.gov by November 30, 2018.

California Issues Emergency Regulation for Electronic Submission of 300A Forms by December 31, 2018

On October 10, 2018, California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“DOSH”) issued a notice of proposed emergency regulation requiring California employers to begin submitting their 300A Form to the Federal OSHA portal, Injury Tracking Application (“ITA“).

California Legislature Says Recordkeeping Violations Not Subject to Six-Month Statute of Limitations

Beginning in 2019, employers in California will now be on the hook for recordkeeping violations well beyond the six-month statute of limitations. Bill Number AB 2334 (Occupational injuries and illnesses: employer reporting requirements: electronic submission) co-sponsored by California Labor Federation and California Professional Firefighters was introduced by Thurmond (D) earlier this year, passed the State legislature and was signed by the Governor on September 19, 2018. The law goes into effect January 1, 2019.

California’s Hotel Housekeeping Standard: Ready or Not, Here it Comes

California’s long-awaited standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention” is finally here, coming into effect for California hotels and other lodging establishments on July 1, 2018. The standard is designed to control the risk of musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers. The standard applies to “lodging establishments,” such as hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfast inns.

UPDATE - Cal/OSHA Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard Effective July 1, 2018

As we reported in January, after nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) approved a standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.” The final regulation was recently approved by the Office of Administrative Law and will be effective July 1, 2018.

Cal/OSHA Approves Long-Awaited Housekeeper Injury Prevention Regulations

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has created new rules intended to protect hotel housekeepers. These new rules are contained in the newly-created Section 3345 in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations and are intended to decrease the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders to housekeepers in hotels and other lodging establishments.

Cal/OSHA Approves Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard – Likely to Go Into Effect Later This Year

After nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) yesterday approved a standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.”

Possible Cal/OSHA Regulation Regarding Workplace Violence for the General Industry

In 2014, the Cal/OSHA Division received a petition for a new workplace violence regulation for general industry. Petition 542, which was originally submitted on behalf of teachers, has been used as the basis for consideration of a general industry standard on workplace violence. This year, the CA Standards Board, the entity that promulgates new CA health and safety standards, held meetings on whether a general industry workplace violence standard was necessary.

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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