Narcan Petition Coming to a Vote

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board will vote next week on a petition requiring employers to have and maintain opioid-reversal medication at worksites. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health supports the petition in its entirety, but Board staff has reservations. The proposed decision takes a middle approach. The petition, filed by the National Safety Council, seeks … Read More »

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Legislative Update – May 31, 2024

Several bills of interest to California’s occupational safety and health community have been approved by their houses of origin and are now being considered by the other chamber. The most significant legislation is AB 3043 by Assemblyman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta), which would prohibit the use of dry methods in fabricating engineered stone in order to … Read More »

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Breathalyzers Could Help Employers with New Pot Restrictions

New laws that became effective January 1st have restricted workplace inquiries about testing for cannabis use. However, employers can still check employees and potential hires through exemptions to the rules and new testing technologies. Under SB 700, employers are prohibited from asking job applicants about past cannabis use, but there are exceptions for jobs involving … Read More »

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A Law for Heat Illness Training?

As the Cal/OSHA Standards Board prepares to finalize regulations to protect indoor workers from heat illness, a state legislator is focusing on requiring outdoor workers to be trained on the  existing outdoor regulations. It is becoming more common for the legislature to impose itself on what has appropriately been the purview of the Cal/OSHA Standards … Read More »

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New Bill Adds Silica Requirements

As Cal/OSHA works to address a growing number of workplace silicosis cases, a newly proposed California Assembly bill aims to up the ante for engineered stone fabricators. AB 3043 by Assemblyman Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley) would establish a statewide licensing program for fabrication shops, require workers to undergo training, prohibit the dry-cutting of engineered … Read More »

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Construction Bathroom Bill Signed

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the only remaining occupational safety and health bill left this legislative season – AB 521 by Assemblyman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda). The bill requires the Cal/OSHA Standards Board to draft potential rulemaking requiring at least one single-user toilet facility on all construction sites designated for “employees who self-identify as female or … Read More »

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Safety Bills to Governor’s Desk

Three safety-related bills have been passed by the California Legislature and are awaiting action by Governor Gavin Newsom. They include SB 553 on workplace violence, SB 686 on household domestic service and AB 521 women’s toilet facilities on construction sites. SB 553 (Senator Dave Cortese, D-Campbell) would require California employers to develop and implement workplace … Read More »

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