Heat Illness on the Farm

Research from the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety indicates that agricultural employers are complying with Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention standard. But it also finds that heat illness is … Read More »

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Diabetes, Depression, and Employees

A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health finds that employees with diabetes reported a 30% higher rate of depression than employees not suffering from this chronic … Read More »

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Ladder Safety Lesson

Workplace fatalities come in many forms, but falls from ladders are among the most common. For older employees, falls are an especially acute hazard. Such was the case with a … Read More »

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The Total Worker Health Controversy

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is dropping its effort to create a national consensus standard based on the “Total Worker Health” concept. Instead, it will issue a technical … Read More »

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FDA Recommendation on Respirator Reuse

The surge in the nation’s respirator supply has prompted the federal Food and Drug Administration to recommend that healthcare facilities “transition” away from reusing the ubiquitous N95 filtering facepiece respirators … Read More »

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Firefighting PPE Update On the Way

Cal/OSHA’s long-awaited update to its regulation on personal protective equipment used in firefighting was described as a “monumental step forward” and “groundbreaking” in a public hearing by the Standards Board. … Read More »

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Lessons from a Fatality

Cal-OSHA Reporter recently had an update about an August 2019 fatality at a Northern California agricultural operation. Minturn Huller Cooperative agreed to pay half of the proposed $38,925 Cal/OSHA penalty. … Read More »

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Board Decision on Mold Petition

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has denied Pamela Pierre’s request for regulatory action on mold exposure from water-damaged buildings. But the decision wasn’t a total loss for the Northern California woman. … Read More »

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