Cal/OSHA

California Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Housekeepers Poster

California employers in the hotel and lodging industry must comply with a new regulation (8 CCR § 3345) requiring employers to implement an effective, written safety program to prevent work-related injuries suffered by housekeeping workers.  The standard requires employers to perform an annual worksite evaluation, establish procedures to ensure safe work practices are followed, investigate Read more

Outdoor Heat Stress Illness Prevention Poster

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become sick while working in extreme heat conditions. With summer only a few weeks away, employers must start preparing to reduce the risk of heat-related injuries to their workers. Under Federal OSHA law, employers are responsible for Read more

Cal/OSHA Penalties Increase

Most California businesses don’t need the prospect of stiff Cal/OSHA penalties to maintain safe and healthful workplaces. Most make occupational health and safety an ongoing priority. Still, there are many businesses that deliberately disregard occupational safety and health standards, cut corners, and tolerate unsafe practices putting their employees at risk of serious illness, injury or Read more

The first triple digit temperatures of the year have already hit California. With summer just around the corner, Cal/OSHA is urging employers to review their heat illness prevention plans and emergency response procedures to make sure their workers are prepared and protected from increasing outdoor temperatures and the risk of heat-related illness. Outdoor Places of Read more

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, leads the way in protecting workers from heat exposure in outdoor places of employment. For years, Cal/OSHA has campaigned to raise awareness of outdoor heat exposure and improve the working conditions of outdoor laborers. That focus led Cal/OSHA to release new outdoor heat regulations Read more

California is home to some of the toughest workplace health and safety standards and the most comprehensive injury and illness Prevention Program (IIPP) regulations in the country. In California, every employer has a legal obligation to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for employees. The IIPP regulation also requires every California employer to Read more

New Outdoor Heat Illness Prevention standards go into effect in California on May 1, 2015. California’s heat illness regulations influence how heat illness prevention and safety standards are implemented across the country. The regulations will affect how employers with employees working outdoors in any industry prepare for and manage warm-season working conditions. Highlights of the Read more

Cal/OSHA regulations for workplace violence prevention in hospital and healthcare settings have been anticipated since the 2014 passage of CA SB 1299. That bill requires Cal/OSHA to adopt standards by January 1, 2016 that require hospitals to establish workplace violence prevention plans. Cal/OSHA’s recently released draft regulation goes beyond requiring workplace violence prevention plans in Read more

There are basic steps employers must take to ensure worker safety during the summer and periods of high heat which include: Provide heat illness prevention training Provide cool, fresh water and encourage workers to drink water frequently Provide shaded areas for workers so they can cool down and take recovery breaks Prepare an emergency heat Read more

With typical California summer months come high temperatures, but wait it’s not summer just yet…or is it?  High heat conditions in California have begun early and are expected to continue into next week.  With high heat threats, Cal-OSHA officials have issued their first advisory urging employers to take precautions to protect outdoor workers. Some key Read more