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

As you may already know June is National Safety Month, so it comes as no surprise that Cal/OSHA is targeting construction sites for safety rules compliance. Specifically, Cal/OSHA is targeting construction sites in Northern California or more precisely San Francisco because of recent fatal accidents in the region. As discussed in a prior blog, it Read more

Cal/OSHA enforces the nation’s most comprehensive heat illness prevention regulations. These regulations require that all employers with outdoor workers take precautionary measures when temperatures are high. There are basic steps employers must take to ensure worker safety which include: Provide heat illness prevention training Provide cool, fresh water and encourage workers to drink water frequently Read more

Safety and health in the workplace is not just good business, it’s the law. Worker health and safety is addressed and enforced on both state and federal levels. We are all familiar with the United States Department of Labor. Its mission is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and Read more