Archive for the ‘Workplace Safety’ Category

CAL/OSHA Issues Advisory on Worker Safety in Wildfire Regions

Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions must be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke. Cal/OSHA notes that smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health. Breathing fine particles can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and […]

17 Oct 17 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Things Employers Should Know About Emergencies and the Workplace

Fires are currently raging across California, bringing tragedy and loss and shrouding much of the state in smoke and ash. Here are a few things you should know about paying employees, leaves of absences and planning ahead in emergencies. Paying Employees Even in an emergency, employers must be mindful of obligations under state employment laws […]

11 Oct 17 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Log 300, Cal/OSHA, OSHA

New Federal Log 300 Rules Don’t Yet Apply in California; Change Coming

In 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (federal OSHA) issued a final rule relating to the tracking and reporting of workplace injuries. The final rule requires electronic submission of injury and illness data, also known as the Log 300, that employers currently report on paper forms. This rule also requires strict anti-retaliation protections for […]

15 May 17 - Record Retention, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

New Rule Targets Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has developed a regulation addressing workplace violence protection in health care. I am the HR director for an acute care facility. How will the new regulation for workplace violence in health care affect my facility? Assuming your facility meets the definitions outlined in the regulation (Title 8, […]

23 Mar 17 - Workplace Safety - Mel Davis - No CommentsRead More »

Top 10 OSHA Workplace Safety Citations

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for fiscal year 2016. The list was compiled from nearly 32,000 federal OSHA inspections. One interesting fact: This list rarely changes year after year. According to OSHA, “If all employers simply corrected the […]

15 Mar 17 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »