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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Asbestos in Concrete

June 21, 2017

Under section 61.145 of the asbestos NESHAP, operators and/or owners of facilities are required to conduct a thorough inspection prior to any demolition or renovation operation.  A thorough inspection includes all suspect materials, including concrete, that are part of the…

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Recognizing Bias in the Occupational Safety and Health Professional

June 2, 2017

A recent case involving Sea World and a Cal/OSHA inspector has highlighted the challenges of personal bias influencing our work as Occupational Health and Safety professionals.  The issue was centered on a Cal/OSHA inspector citing Sea World with as much…

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Proposed Changes to Cal/OSHA Regulatory Setting Requirements

May 10, 2017

SB 772 sponsored by Connie Leyva (D-San Bernardino) would if passed, have significant impact on the Cal/OSHA rule-making process.  The bill would specifically exempt Cal/OSHA from the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA), prior to regulations going into effect.  The SRIA…

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Cal/OSHA’s New Silica Standard for Construction and Problems

April 19, 2017

Although a couple weeks ago, Fed OSHA announced a three month delay in the commencement of the Silica in Construction Standard that is not the case with Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA’s standard will begin on June 23, 2017.  The Standards Board is…

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Controlling Silica Dust with Vacuum-Equipped Tools

March 29, 2017

On June 23, 2016 Fed OSHA adopted a new silica standard that reduced the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.  Compliance for the new standard…

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