Is Narcan Coming to First-Aid Kits?

Regulatory and legislative efforts involving Cal/OSHA may lead to an overdose prevention tool becoming a required item in employers’ first-aid kits. The National Safety Council has petitioned the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, asking for it to require construction sites and other workplaces to stock medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose. And a new … Read More »

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Gary Warth, Our New Guy

vCal-OSHA Reporter is pleased to announce the addition of Gary Warth, who has joined Providence Publications after a decades-long career as a journalist in San Diego County. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in sociology from San Diego State University, he worked as a reporter and later editor for a chain of … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA Employer Recognition

Cal/OSHA has several employer recognition programs, from the Golden Gate program for employers with effective Injury and Illness Prevention Programs to the Voluntary Protection Program for companies with stellar safety programs. Cal-OSHA Reporter has added a new feature and will recognize employer achievements regularly. For the requirements of each program, click here to learn the … Read More »

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DIR Names Acting Chief

The Department of Industrial Relations has named Debra Lee, deputy chief for enforcement for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, as Acting Chief after the departure of former Chief Jeff Killip. Assistant Deputy Chief for Enforcement David Wesley will serve as Acting Deputy Chief for Enforcement while Lee serves as Acting Chief. DIR Director … Read More »

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Crane Kerfuffle Committee Authorized

Two prominent California union locals representing crane operators disagree about a petition by a certifying organization on exempting operators from demonstrating they are experienced on the cranes they operate. Cal/OSHA also opposes the petition. However, the Standards Board authorized an advisory committee to bring the sides together and determine whether changes are needed to the … Read More »

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OSH Fund Assessments Up

The Department of Industrial Relations is increasing the assessment of employers that fund Cal/OSHA and its various workers’ comp funds. The assessment – a fee rather than a tax actually – is determined by DIR without any legislative action. The OSH Fund was established in 2008 to stabilize Cal/OSHA’s funding. The Occupational Safety and Health … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA COVID Update

Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is advising employers to follow new guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health on COVID procedures in the workplace. The changes affect the definition of “infectious period” and provide testing recommendations. The new definition of infectious period for the purposes of the Cal/OSHA standard, General Industry … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA Penalty Increases for 2024

Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is increasing penalties for all violations except those classified as serious by 3% in 2024. It says the reason is to keep up with inflation. The good news if it can be called that, is the increase is less than half of 2023’s 7% rise. Since a 2015 … Read More »

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