Archive for the ‘Workplace Safety’ Category

New Workplace Safety Rules for Hotel Housekeepers Effective July 1

The Office of Administrative Law recently approved a new workplace safety and health regulation specific to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry, which will become effective July 1, 2018. Cal/OSHA will enforce the new standard — the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers from musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries […]

14 Mar 18 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

State Offers Resources for Workplace Emergency Planning

The 2017 California wildfire season consisted of 9,133 fires that burned more than 1.3 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It’s considered the most destructive on record — and in January, the recently-charred land caused severe mudslides during a deadly storm that shut down about 30 miles of Highway […]

23 Feb 18 - Health and Safety, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Reminder: Post Form 300A Starting February 1

Don’t forget that you need to post the Form 300A summary of job-related injuries and illnesses from 2017 at your place of business from February 1 through April 30. Employers are required to post only the summary (Form 300A) — not the Form 300 (Log). The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred […]

24 Jan 18 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

Fires in California: Reminders About Emergencies and the Workplace

Fires are once again blazing in California, forcing thousands to evacuate, destroying buildings and bringing tragedy and loss. At this trying time, employers should remember some key obligations. 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 […]

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

Cal/OSHA Issues Notice for Worker Health and Safety in Wildfire Regions

Cal/OSHA has issued guidance for employers and workers on working safely in conditions with heavy smoke caused by the wildfires. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases, and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause […]

8 Dec 17 - Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »