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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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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