DOSH Names New Chief

After a nationwide search, Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health has a new Chief. Debra Lee, a 30-year Cal/OSHA veteran, is the Acting Chief. An industrial hygienist by training, … Read More »

Fed-OSHA Updates Hazcom Reg

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is updating its hazard communication standard to improve the “amount and quality” of information on labels and data safety sheets. Cal/OSHA will be required to update its hazcom standard, as well. The revision is aligned with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA Citations Following Fatalities

Here are some of the latest cases brought against employers regarding 2023 fatal workplace incidents. Most cases have been contested at the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board, of which two have been settled. Employers are presumed innocent in the appeals process.   Fatalities in Farmland The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited Woodland’s Payne Farms … Read More »

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Citations, Legislation in Renewables Incident

Cal/OSHA cited a Martinez renewable fuels refinery for eight serious violations after an investigation into a November 2023 explosion that critically and permanently injured a worker. Cal/OSHA seeks $188,000 in penalties. The incident spurred a petition to the Standards Board to make non-petroleum refineries subject to the strict process safety management requirements of General Industry … Read More »

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State Budget: Cal/OSHA Gets Slight Decrease

Cal/OSHA’s budget for the coming fiscal year calls for a 1% decrease, as confirmed by the governor’s May revise, but increases authorized positions. The final picture has yet to be drawn, though, as the state legislature must finalize the state budget by June 30th for the governor’s signature. The big question is, will the agency … Read More »

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Fed-OSHA Reorganizing its Regions

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, effectively Cal/OSHA’s parent, is strategically rearranging its regions to concentrate on the growing Southern part of the United States.  This move is not only taking advantage of the fact that most of the Western states have effective, fairly self-governing, state programs, but also ensuring that the Southern United … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA’s “Path Forward” on Indoor Heat

Anticipating the state Office of Administrative Law’s rejection of the indoor heat illness rule, Cal/OSHA intends to quickly create a carveout for correctional facilities so that the California Department of Finance will sign off on the financial impact statement. The plan is to have the regulation in place in time for summer for all other … Read More »

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Real Challenges to Cal/OSHA’s COVID Regs

Two challenges from very different perspectives seek to upend Cal/OSHA’s semi-permanent COVID-19 regulation: one challenges the reg for the abuses the petitioner says it creates, the other on legal grounds. Ricardo Beas, a San Diego-area safety manager, has petitioned the Standards Board to “convene an emergency meeting to rescind” in its entirely the regulation, General … Read More »

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