Update on Recording and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

June 5, 2019

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) proposed readopting the emergency regulations regarding the electronic recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses.  Re-adoption of the emergency regulations was approved by the Office Administrative Law (“OAL”) on April…

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Construction Personnel Hoists

May 8, 2019

The requirement for the installation of construction personnel hoists (CPH) has long been a controversial and confusing standard.  As recently reported in the Cal-OSHA Reporter the Appeals Board has issued conflicting opinions on appeals over the past 20 years specifically…

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Respirator Fit and Facial Hair

April 10, 2019

I’ve been in occupational health for over 40 years and it’s hard to believe this topic continues to be raised.  Maybe it’s coming up again as a sign of the times.  Briefly, in 2006 NIOSH published a notice on its…

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March is National Ladder Safety Month

March 13, 2019

In the United States more than 500,000 people experience ladder fall-related injuries and about 300 people die from such injuries.  This year marks the third annual National Ladder Safety Month declared by the American Ladder Institute (ALI). Construction, maintenance, and…

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Federal OSHA’s Final Rule on Electronic Reporting of Injuries and Illnesses

February 20, 2019

On January 25, 2019, Fed-OSHA published a final rule that California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has determined substantially diminishes the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” requirements that were originally set forth on the May 12, 2016…

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Roller Guarding

January 29, 2019

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has adopted a revised “note” for a safety order on conveyor guarding.  It may have made a controversial requirement even more controversial.  8 CCR §3999 for conveyors states Belt conveyor head pulleys, … shall be guarded….

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Is Your IIPP “Effective”?

January 8, 2019

The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requirement is Cal/OSHA’s most cited regulation since its adoption on July 1, 1991.  The regulation states that “every employer shall establish, implement and maintain an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program.”  However, “effective”…

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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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