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FLASH: Napa Earthquake: Employer Wakeup Call A damaging earthquake in Wine Country could have been a lot worse for employers – it happened in the middle of the night. But what happens if next time it's during work hours? Here are ways to get your workplace ready for the next Big One. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: Big Changes Proposed for Heat Illness Rules The comment period has started on a host of proposed changes to the California heat illness prevention standard. Here's what Cal/OSHA proposes and details on an upcoming public hearing on the proposal. Read more here ... More...
FLASH: DOSH Seeks Major Changes to Heat Illness Standard California is leading the way again in High-heat procedures. New requirements have been proposed that will kick in at a lower temperature and water and shade will have to be provided at specific distances. The proposal just made by Cal/OSHA to its Standards Board. Read more here ... More...

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It Wasn’t the Big One, but It Was a Big Wake-up Call for Employers A damaging earthquake in Wine Country could have been a lot worse for employers – it happened in the middle of the night. But what happens if next time it's during work hours? Here are ways to get your workplace ready for the next Big One. Read more here ... More...
Aviation Employer Cited for Multiple Issues in Tug Death A worker is killed when he falls out of a baggage tug. Was the employer's seat belt policy to blame? Cal/OSHA thinks so, and has issued significant citations to the company. Here are the details. Read more here ... More...
California Legislative Updates Legislation affecting employers, government, refineries, hospitals are all active or have passed the legislature. Here’s a quick roundup of legislative activity reading the status of other occupational safety and health legislation. Read more here ... More...
CORRECTION & CLARIFICATION Here's how DIR actually responded to a request for comment in this controversial issue. Read more here ... More...
Praise for ‘Inventive’ Approach to Consensus Standard Update Stakeholders complain about the hassles of accessing consensus standards that Cal/OSHA incorporates by reference into its regulations. So what did the Standards Board do that earned one stakeholder's kudos? Read more here ... More...
Final Spin for Helicopter Exception Cal/OSHA wants to clarify and make more enforceable a requirement on helicopter landings at construction sites. After some ups and downs, the revision is final. Here's what it says and what happens next. Read more here ... More...
Cal/OSHA Nixes Wider Use of Boatswain’s Chairs in Window Washing A safety professional says building would like to use boatswain's chairs and controlled descent apparatus on mid-rise buildings instead of traditional window-cleaning devices. But Cal/OSHA denies the petition. Here's why.  Read more here ... More...
Several Important Advisory Committees in September From violence in healthcare settings to refinery safety, Cal/OSHA has a lot to talk about in coming weeks. Here are the details on what's planned. Read more here ... More...