Construction Safety Excellence

Associated General Contractors of California honors 18 companies for their robust efforts to keep their worksites safe. Here are the companies and how they do it.

California Injuries and Illnesses Down in 2020 – One Exception

Looking for a bright spot in the pandemic? California’s injury and illness numbers and rates were down significantly in 2020. Except when it came to healthcare. Here are the latest state and federal estimates.

Revisions to Cranes & Derricks Proposal

The Standards Board is close to completing its long-running effort to provide “one-stop-shopping” for employers who use cranes and derricks in construction. Here are the latest changes, and what could happen next.

Workplace Fatality Update

Here are the latest workplace incidents under investigation, including new COVID-suspected cases.

A New Concept on COVID Regulation

Cal/OSHA’s regulatory framework is inadequate to cope with changing guidance and developments in the COVID era, an employer group says. Here’s how it would change the way Cal/OSHA handles things. And it’s a pretty brilliant idea.

AGC Honors People for Safety Excellence

The Associated General Contractors of California recognizes two individuals for their work to keep workplaces safe-ty. Meet these two honorees and learn what makes them special.

Amazon Sued by California Attorney General Over COVID Safety

The state attorney general sued the online giant over its exposure notification and sanitation procedures – and files the settlement agreement the same day. Here’s what Amazon did and has agreed to do differently.

Workplace Fatality Update

There are seven new workplace fatalities under investigation in California, with three alleged to have been from COVID. Here’s the latest tally.

Cal/OSHA Moving Swiftly on Vaccine Mandate

Despite federal lawsuits aimed at holstering Fed-OSHA’s vaccine mandate for larger employers, Cal/OSHA has scheduled a vote on the provisions for mid-November. Employers are sure to weigh in on this controversial plan. Can Cal/OSHA adopt federal rules while they are under challenge? What happens if the federal rules are ruled illegal.

The Safety Road: Less Travel

With the holidays coming fast and online shopping burgeoning, delivery drivers will be out in force to get the goods to where they’re going. But how can all this driving be made safer?

Here’s How Fatality Cases Settled Up

How much do employers pay in the most serious Cal/OSHA cases? Here are the results of six recent fatality settlements, and how the two sides arrived at the final penalties.

Workplace Fatality Update

California workplace fatalities are decreasing, including COVID cases. Here are the latest incidents.

New DOSH Acting Chief a Surprise

A new Acting Chief has been appointed by the Governor to run Cal/OSHA. Who is she, where did she come from and what’s her background? It’s all here and premium subscribers can get it by clicking here….

New Firefighting PPE Revisions

Cal/OSHA’s standards board is closing in on final revisions to enhance safety for firefighting operations. But will it eliminate help from outside the state? Are some of the changes even possible for Fire Department’s to comply with? Here are the changes the board made – and ones they rejected.

Board Decides on TB Testing

California’s aerosol transmissible diseases standard could be clarified on when TB testing is required, Cal/OSHA says, while denying a request to repeal annual testing for healthcare employees.

Construction Personnel Hoists Review

Could a national consensus standard on construction personnel hoists that dates back to the beginning of Cal/OSHA actually be safer in some ways to the current version? That’s what Cal/OSHA contends. So what happens now?

Workplace Fatality Update

The latest fatality investigations begun by Cal/OSHA, including reported COVID-related cases.

Business Gets Review of “Ridiculously Outdated” Cal/OSHA Regulation

After a mine is cited for not having its air-supply piping properly marked, its owner takes his case to the Standards Board. Here’s what the Board wants to do about the petition.

COVID Rules: Crisis of Confusion

By: J Dale Debber,  Publisher
Confusion reigns supreme as COVID rules vary and change from one government entity to another, and sometimes even within the same agency. Discrepancies between the federal government and various states, various local governments, and various agencies at each level, make the rules impossible to follow - and sometimes questionably enforceable. Premium subscribers can read about the crisis of confusion by clicking right here …

Doug Parker Confirmed – What’s Next for Cal/OSHA?

With the confirmation of Doug Parker and the Fed-OSHA administrator, Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is looking for it second chief in less than three years. Who is minding the store at the troubled agency?

‘Limited’ Changes to COVID ETS Draft?

Cal/OSHA wants to readopt its controversial COVID emergency temporary standard one more time while work continues on a more permanent regulation. But the proposed readoption has some stakeholders concerned. The latest premium edition of Cal-OSHA Reporter tells you why. Click here.

RAND Study Fails to Consider Major Issues

A key economic analysis of Cal/OSHA’s proposed regulation to prevent indoor heat illness is official. It says there are whopping costs, but also whopping benefits. Click here to see the RAND Corp. findings.

Workplace Fatality Update

The latest investigations into California workplace deaths, including COVID-related incidents.

COVID and the ATD Standard

Cal/OSHA plans to add SARS-CoV-2 to its landmark aerosol transmissible diseases standard, and public health experts explain why that’s important.

Parker Confirmation This Week?

Move to end debate of federal nominations clear the way for a Senate vote on Doug Parker’s nomination to be Fed-OSHA chief – Assistant Secretary of Labor.

NSC Honors Two Californians

A rising safety star and an uber-safe postal carrier are among the individuals recently honored by the National Safety Council. Premium subscribers can learn how the normalization of deviation seriously affects safety.

Fall Hazards Aren’t Always Obvious

Falls are one of the most persistent safety hazards, causing dozens of fatalities and thousands of injuries in Califor-nia each year. But some fall hazards aren’t as widely recognized as the more well-known dangers. Here are some dangers to watch for.

Workplace Fatality Update

The latest California investigations, including COVID-related deaths.

Feds May Yank Final Approval for Three State Plans Over COVID Healthcare Reg

Failure to adopt Fed-OSHA healthcare emergency standard on COVID could lead to OSHA resuming oversight and enforcement. Click here to see which states are involved, and what happens next.

Preparing for New Broader Enforcement

A new law hits California employers hard and gives Cal/OSHA substantially increased enforcement and penalty powers. It’s not too early to prepare. Premium subscribers can find out exactly what they’re doing and what experts think. Click here.
Standards Board’s Manieri Retires

Real-World Experience to Rulemaking

Cal/OSHA’s Mike Manieri is saying goodbye to the Standards Board after nearly 40 years. He says it was his private-industry experience that has informed his public service. His history is intertwined with that of Cal/OSHA. This is an interesting look back at Cal/OSHA and Mike’s career.

Settlements in Safety & Health Cases

It’s not just fatalities that trigger sizable Cal/OSHA citations and proposed penalties. Here are more cases that re-cently settled.

Workplace Fatality Update

Here are the latest workplace fatalities under Cal/OSHA investigation, including COVID deaths.

COVID – IIPP Cases Coming to Fore

Many stakeholders see Cal/OSHA’s IIPP standard as preferrable for regulating COVID hazards, instead of the controversial emergency temporary standard. Now, COVID related cases filed under the IIPP standard before the ETS are starting to get adjudicated, and the applicability of the 30-year-old regulation will be determined. Here’s how it’s fared so far.

Standards Board Cancels In-Person Meeting –– Teleconference Only

It was going to be the first in-person meeting of Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body in more than a year and a half. But that changed. Here’s why and what happens instead.