California Wildfires and Wearing a N95 Respirator

November 21, 2018

As the wildfires continue to burn in Northern and Southern California, destroying communities and lives, millions of people are potentially exposed to the dangerous smoke which is composed of fine particulates (very small particles) that can get deep into the…

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Electronic Submission of 300A Logs – California’s New Emergency Regulation Requirement

October 31, 2018

In order to comply with Fed/OSHA’s parallel regulation, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) proposes to amend Cal/OSHA’s regulation, sections 14300.35 and 14300.41 which requires designated California employers to electronically submit certain occupational injury and illness information (Cal/OSHA…

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Fall Protection Trigger Height – California vs. Federal

October 10, 2018

Federal OSHA recently prepared the Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation (FAME) report on Cal/OSHA.  The FAME report assesses California’s Occupation Safety and Health Program for fiscal year 2017 and its progress in resolving outstanding findings from the previous year.  The…

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Are you ready for an emergency?

September 19, 2018

With hurricane Florence in the news and how the east coast is dealing with the storm, I was thinking about how ready are we, as employers, if an emergency hits our area.  Cal/OSHA requires employers to be prepared for emergencies…

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Protection for Temporary Workers

August 29, 2018

Temporary workers are entitled to the same protections as all other covered workers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.  OSHA recommends that both the staffing agency and host employer set out their respective responsibilities to ensure that…

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Mold: Strategies for Investigations and Sampling

August 8, 2018

For any mold surveys performed, it should be noted that there are no specific protocols for interpreting indoor mold data.  In addition, there are no widely accepted standards that exists for any type of fungal sampling (surface, dust, aerosol).  The…

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Naturally Occurring Asbestos – Construction Projects

July 25, 2018

We have found general confusion with many contractors regarding applying the current Cal/OSHA (Title 8 CCR 1529) regulation involving naturally occurring asbestos (NOA).  We have addressed this issue in a previous blog.  Asbestos as a natural constituent in soil is…

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Do You Have Your Written Silica Plan?

June 27, 2018

The not-so-new Cal/OSHA Crystalline Silica regulation for construction (8CCR1532.3) includes several required elements for the contractor. Over the past year, many contractors have called us and requested air sampling so that they can make a determination of potential exposure levels,…

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