Update on Court Challenge to the Federal Silica Rule

January 10, 2018

First, The Cohen Group wishes our blog readers a very Happy New Year.  Please feel free to call us if we can assist with your occupational health and safety concerns.  We’d love to hear from you. Following Federal OSHA’s adoption…

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Update on the Eyewash and Shower Station Rule

November 15, 2017

In 1981, Cal/OSHA adopted an emergency eyewash and shower standard (General Industry Safety Orders §5162).  It references the 1981 version of ANSI standard Z358.1.  Unlike Z358.1, which has been updated periodically over the years (last updated in 2014), §5162 has…

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New Labeling Requirements for Cleaning Products

October 25, 2017

Any hazardous chemicals found in household cleaning products will have to be clearly disclosed on labels and published online under a California law that will be phased in over the next three years.  On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry…

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OSHA and Naturally Occurring Asbestos

October 4, 2017

An interesting question came into our office regarding Cal/OSHA requirements in dealing with Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA).  The Cal/OSHA Construction standard for asbestos (Section 1529) interestingly identifies several activities that apply to the standard including, “excavation that may involve exposure…

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Protecting Workers in Extreme Heat

September 13, 2017

Extreme heat during construction work is another potential hazard to the construction site.  Heat stress includes several heat-related illnesses; cramps, exhaustion, and heat rash. NIOSH distinguishes between classical heat stroke and exertional heat stroke.  Classical heat stroke, which is commonly…

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Update: Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA Requirement

August 23, 2017

Federal OSHA’s new requirement for electronic submission of injury and illness records has taken effect but with delays on the dates of enforcement compared with the original rule.  The delay was expected as the original deadline for companies to electronically…

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AB 978 – Access to IIPP Documents

August 2, 2017

AB 978, authored by Assemblyman Monique Limon (D – Ventura) would require an employer to provide upon request a complete copy of the written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to a current employee or a representative of the employee…

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It’s Time to Think about Heat Illness

July 12, 2017

After experiencing a heat wave for the past week, I was thinking about Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Standard.  I’m confident our readers are well aware of the standard and the need for shade, water and rest.  Unquestionably these are very important…

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