Archive for the ‘Workplace Safety’ Category

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 »

Rate of Nonfatal Work Injuries, Illnesses in California at Lowest Level in a Decade

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently posted California’s 2016 occupational injury and illness summary data on employer-reported injuries. According to estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains at the lowest rate in more than a decade—3.7 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) […]

20 Nov 17 - Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

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 »