Archive for the ‘Workplace Safety’ Category

Cal/OSHA Proposes Workplace Violence Prevention Standards in Health Care Industry

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has proposed new standards aimed at protecting health care workers against workplace violence. A law passed in 2014 (SB 1299) calls for the Board to adopt standards that require specified types of hospitals, including a general acute care hospital or an acute psychiatric hospital, to establish workplace violence […]

9 Dec 15 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

California Work-Related Injury and Illness Rate is Lowest in 13 Years

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released California’s 2014 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illness, showing work-related injuries remain at their lowest level since 2002. There were 460,000 reportable occupational injury and illness cases in 2014: 265,000 of those cases involved lost work-time (including job transfer and restriction from duty) and 140,000 cases involved days […]

1 Dec 15 - Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - Comments Off on California Work-Related Injury and Illness Rate is Lowest in 13 YearsRead More »

CalChamber Acts Against Overly Broad and Misguided Workplace Safety Proposals

A quiet legislative year on workplace safety issues still ended in a victory for the California Chamber of Commerce, which also kept busy leading employer opposition to misguided regulatory proposals. The CalChamber-opposed legislation regarding Cal/OSHA safety variances, AB 578 (Low; D-Campbell), would have created uncertainty and potential delays for all employers seeking variances from safety standards by […]

23 Nov 15 - Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »

Cal/OSHA Wins Decision Protecting Workers from Indoor Heat Hazard

Many employers are aware that Cal/OSHA regulates heat illness in outdoor places of employment.  Recently, however, the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board ruled in favor of Cal/OSHA in citations against two employers because their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP) failed to effectively address the hazard of indoor heat. All California employers are required to have an […]

9 Nov 15 - Injury and Illness Prevention, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

[Updated] Fatal Occupational Injuries in California Are Down; Federal Numbers Rise in Certain Occupations and Industries

Today, the Department of Industrial relations posted preliminary workplace fatality statistics for California in 2014. Those numbers show a 16 percent decrease from the final 2013 data. The state numbers are the lowest reported since 2010, with 334 fatal work injuries statewide in 2014. More than one-third of all California workplace deaths identified in 2014 […]

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