Archive for the ‘Health and Safety’ Category

After the Smoke Clears: Cal/OSHA Offers Fire Cleanup Safety Guidance

The wildfires in California’s wine country — that have charred roughly 160,000 acres and ruined more than 7,000 structures — are reaching full containment, prompting Cal/OSHA to call attention to the hazards that exist after the smoke and flames have cleared. The agency is reminding employers and workers who are executing the cleanup in fire-damaged […]

30 Oct 17 - Health and Safety, Injury and Illness Prevention - Jessica Mulholland - No CommentsRead More »

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Cal/OSHA Encourages Employers to Protect Workers from Hepatitis A Exposure

California’s hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, according to news outlets. Over the last 11 months — following the San Diego County outbreak that was first identified in November — cases have migrated north to Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento. California health officials have reported that […]

10 Oct 17 - Health and Safety, Injury and Illness Prevention - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

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Do California Employers Need to Worry About Federal Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements?

California employers have many questions about whether the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting requirements currently apply to them.  The short answer is no — California employers don’t need to follow the federal requirements at this time. First, some background: In 2016, OSHA issued a final rule regarding the tracking and reporting of […]

29 Sep 17 - Health and Safety, Reporting Requirements - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Federal Contractors Must Follow New Rules on Fair Pay and Other Workplace Protections

Federal contractors need to be aware of new rules that will affect how they do business. First, the Department of Labor has issued final rules and guidance on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The intent of this Executive Order is to ensure that parties who contract with the federal government are complying […]

26 Aug 16 - Compensation, Health and Safety, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

New Smoking in the Workplace Rules Effective Today

California generally bans smoking in the workplace, and new rules extending that ban are effective today, June 9, 2016. Governor Brown recently signed a package of bills that expanded already-existing smoke-free workplace protections. In part, the new legislation: Treats the use of e-cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery devices, such as vaporizers, as “smoking” — thus extending […]

9 Jun 16 - Health and Safety, Workplace Policies, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »