OSHA and Naturally Occurring Asbestos

October 4, 2017

An interesting question came into our office regarding Cal/OSHA requirements in dealing with Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA).  The Cal/OSHA Construction standard for asbestos (Section 1529) interestingly identifies several activities that apply to the standard including, “excavation that may involve exposure…

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Protecting Workers in Extreme Heat

September 13, 2017

Extreme heat during construction work is another potential hazard to the construction site.  Heat stress includes several heat-related illnesses; cramps, exhaustion, and heat rash. NIOSH distinguishes between classical heat stroke and exertional heat stroke.  Classical heat stroke, which is commonly…

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Update: Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA Requirement

August 23, 2017

Federal OSHA’s new requirement for electronic submission of injury and illness records has taken effect but with delays on the dates of enforcement compared with the original rule.  The delay was expected as the original deadline for companies to electronically…

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AB 978 – Access to IIPP Documents

August 2, 2017

AB 978, authored by Assemblyman Monique Limon (D – Ventura) would require an employer to provide upon request a complete copy of the written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to a current employee or a representative of the employee…

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It’s Time to Think about Heat Illness

July 12, 2017

After experiencing a heat wave for the past week, I was thinking about Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Standard.  I’m confident our readers are well aware of the standard and the need for shade, water and rest.  Unquestionably these are very important…

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Asbestos in Concrete

June 21, 2017

Under section 61.145 of the asbestos NESHAP, operators and/or owners of facilities are required to conduct a thorough inspection prior to any demolition or renovation operation.  A thorough inspection includes all suspect materials, including concrete, that are part of the…

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Recognizing Bias in the Occupational Safety and Health Professional

June 2, 2017

A recent case involving Sea World and a Cal/OSHA inspector has highlighted the challenges of personal bias influencing our work as Occupational Health and Safety professionals.  The issue was centered on a Cal/OSHA inspector citing Sea World with as much…

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Proposed Changes to Cal/OSHA Regulatory Setting Requirements

May 10, 2017

SB 772 sponsored by Connie Leyva (D-San Bernardino) would if passed, have significant impact on the Cal/OSHA rule-making process.  The bill would specifically exempt Cal/OSHA from the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA), prior to regulations going into effect.  The SRIA…

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