Language challenges in workplaces

March 14, 2018

In the state of California, employers are required to have an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).  Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (a)(1) requires employers to include “a system for communicating with employees in a form…

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Findings for Silica in Construction

February 21, 2018

Cal/OSHA has issued a final rule which establishes a new permissible exposure limit of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50 μg/m3) as an 8-hour time-weighted average (equivalent to 0.05 mg/m3).  The new silica rule…

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Welding Operations and Manganese

January 31, 2018

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Health Effects Advisory Committee (HEAC) is meeting March 6 to discuss new permissible exposure limits (PELs) for manganese, hydrogen sulfide, 2 butoxy ethanol and 2-butoxyethyl acetate.  I am most interested in manganese due…

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Update on Court Challenge to the Federal Silica Rule

January 10, 2018

First, The Cohen Group wishes our blog readers a very Happy New Year.  Please feel free to call us if we can assist with your occupational health and safety concerns.  We’d love to hear from you. Following Federal OSHA’s adoption…

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Update on the Eyewash and Shower Station Rule

November 15, 2017

In 1981, Cal/OSHA adopted an emergency eyewash and shower standard (General Industry Safety Orders §5162).  It references the 1981 version of ANSI standard Z358.1.  Unlike Z358.1, which has been updated periodically over the years (last updated in 2014), §5162 has…

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New Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products

October 25, 2017

Any hazardous chemicals found in household cleaning products will have to be clearly disclosed on labels and published online under a California law that will be phased in over the next three years.  On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry…

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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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