Who’s Responsible for Reporting Temporary Staff Injuries to OSHA?

February 10, 2016

As mentioned in many previous newsletter articles, promptly reporting serious injuries to OSHA is an employer requirement per Section 342(a).  However, what happens when the worker is from a temporary staffing organization? Cal/OSHA has a “dual employer” policy which can…

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E-cigarettes – A Healthy Alternative or Just Another Hazard?

February 10, 2016

A recently published Harvard study sampled various brands and flavors of e-cigarette liquid (e-juice) for the presence and concentration of diacetyl and two other flavoring chemicals that the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) lists as “high priority,” which means…

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How to Decrease the Adverse Effects of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in Construction

February 10, 2016

A recent article from ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal concerning musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in construction offers practical solutions to minimizing MSDs in seven construction trades/occupations, specifically carpenters; cement masons and terrazzo workers; electricians; sheet metal workers; roofers; ironworkers; and plumbers/pipefitters/steamfitters.  I…

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Healthcare and Worker Protection

February 10, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers.  Healthcare workers face a wide range of hazards on the job.  It may seem counter-intuitive that the healthcare industry,…

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Cal/OSHA Adopts Confined Space Standard for Construction

February 10, 2016

Federal OSHA established a new standard for confined space work in construction that became effective in August of 2015.  The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board subsequently announced a comment period from August 28 to October 15, 2015 to…

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It’s Time to Post Your Cal/OSHA Log

February 10, 2016

Every year we faithfully remind you that February is the month to begin posting your company’s Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A); this document is a summary of the workplace injury and illness data compiled from the…

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