Are Cell Phones a Source of Contamination?

August 8, 2019

Cell phones have become an essential means of communication worldwide and a major factor on the way jobs are performed.  Although cell phones have enabled us to perform various tasks, a study conducted on 226 Australian hospital staff members between…

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More on Construction Personnel Hoists

July 19, 2019

Construction personnel hoists (CPH) continue to be a hot topic with the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.  I recently wrote that Construction Safety Order §1630 (Elevators for Hoisting Workers) has long been a controversial and confusing standard.  The Standards Board is now…

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Cell Phones and Radiation Exposure

June 25, 2019

In November 2018, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released their results of a study on the effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation generated from cell phones.  Their study, which was on test animals, concluded that high exposure to the RF generated…

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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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