Harwood Grants Available Now

Fed-OSHA has announced the availability of $12.7 million in funding for safety, health, and training education under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. California organizations received about $886,000 in 2023, 7% of the national total. The program includes grants for: Targeted topics to identify and prevent OSHA-designated workplace hazards. Applicants are required to conduct training … Read More »

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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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Final Cal/OSHA Inspection Stats for 2023

Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health initiated 10% more workplace investigations in 2023 than in 2022, including 6% more onsite inspections, according to the final data for the year. Conversely, those inspections yielded 11% fewer alleged violations than in 2022. Violations are down 42% from the 22,011 alleged in 2016 and have been in … Read More »

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Streamlined Fit-Testing Protocols Approved

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has adopted Fed-OSHA respirator fit-testing procedures, which are designed to simplify things for employers while maintaining employee safety. The rulemaking change now goes to the Office of Administrative Law and will take effect as soon as OAL approves it. The regulatory change is to General Industry Safety Orders §5144, Appendix A, … 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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Standing Tall Against Falls

Next week, May 6th to 10th, is National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Construction employers in California and across the country will take a few minutes to stop work to reinforce the message that falls can kill and injure and to remember that prevention is the key. Falls are one of the most … Read More »

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‘Bottom Line’ Ask on Fall Protection

California’s residential construction industry says it wants to compromise with Fed-OSHA on its insistence that the state adopt a uniform six-foot fall protection trigger for this industry. The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is edging toward an adopting vote on the controversial change, which the industry has vehemently opposed. “The bottom line is, we’ll compromise,” according to … Read More »

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