Strains of COVID Tightening

The coronavirus is still surging, and now new strains are appearing. Here's what we know so far about these mutations.

Governor Seeks Increase for Cal/OSHA

The budget battle begins with a proposed 8% across-the-board raise for the Cal/OSHA program.

Cal/OSHA’s Answers to COVID Questions

Stakeholders recently peppered the Division of Occupational Safety and Health with questions about the new and controversial COVID regulation for general industry. Here are the agency's answers to those questions, including a big one – how does DOSH plan to enforce the standard, at least initially?

Fatality Cases Settled

Employers – even a non-traditional one – were cited after workplace fatalities. Here's how those cases came out in settlement talks with Cal/OSHA.

Workplace Fatality Update

Here are the latest workplace incidents under investigation by Cal/OSHA, including almost 40 new COVID cases.
“Potentially Ruinous…”

Agriculture Sues Government on COVID

Add agriculture to other employers working to overturn parts, if not all, of Cal/OSHA's emergency temporary standard on COVID protections. Here's what employers are suing over, and what the industry says it could face with the new rules.

Standards Board Completely Seated

Cal/OSHA's seven-member rulemaking board gets a construction safety professional with years of real-world experience.

Proposed Respirator Stockpile

A Salinas assemblyman introduces a new bill requiring Cal/OSHA to create a stockpile of N95s to equip all agricul-tural employees. Here are the details of the bill.

Anti-Restart Petition Stalls

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board denies a petition for reforms on “anti-restart” safety measures, while acknowledg-ing the petition has some merit. Click here to learn what concerns led to the denial, and what could happen next.
Beginning Our 48th Year…

Oh Boy, Here Are The Top Stories of 2020

Here are the major stories Cal-OSHA Reporter covered last year. Guess which one topped them all?

Workplace Fatality Investigations

In a 10-day period in December, Cal/OSHA opened 75 fatality investigations, including 66 related to COVID. Here's the latest information.

Vote on Wildfire Smoke Permanent Rules

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board was expected to approve a semi-permanent version of a controversial regulation to protect employees from smoke during wildfire season. Click here for the details.

Cal/OSHA to Use CDC Guide re COVID Return-to-Work

Governor uses emergency powers to shorten the time employees must stay home after COVID exposure. Here's how it works.

California Fatalities Up Again

The most serious workplace incidents are trending in the wrong direction for the second straight year. Here are the latest statistics from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Serious Troubles in Other States Too …

California Attorney General Subpoenas Amazon About Its Safety Practices and Results

The pandemic has been a boon for the giant online retailer, but at what cost to employees? Amazon’s safety record in and outside of California is questionable. Now the California's attorney general wants to find facts but says Ama-zon is resisting. Click here to read about this serious situation.