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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Status on AB-1789 Valley Fever Bill

June 6, 2018

Assembly Bill (AB) 1789, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), would standardize and streamline the reporting process for Valley Fever, allowing for greater efficiency and accuracy in the confirmation and collection of Valley Fever cases across California. This bill would…

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Summary of Cal/OSHA Violations of 2017

May 16, 2018

According to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the majority of the most cited and most-appealed Title 8 standards in 2017 have increased over the prior year.  The majority of violations named in 2017 were the same as those…

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New Prop. 65 Labeling Requirements – Will They Be Effective?

May 2, 2018

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) has adopted new Prop. 65 regulations that go into effect in August 2018, that change the requirements for the content and format of warnings to gain safe-harbor protection.  The following highlights the…

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Providing First Aid on a California worksite

April 4, 2018

When conducting a physical site inspection, it is common for The Cohen Group to examine first aid kits as well as inquire about medical services.  The requirement for first aid can be found in 8CCR3400, which states that the employer…

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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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