Angry Governor Restructures the Standards Board

Following a defiant March vote on the indoor heat illness standard despite a direction from the Governor’s office to table the matter over last-minute cost concerns, Cal/OSHA Standards Board Chairman Dave Thomas told Cal-OSHA Reporter, “I don’t know if we’re going to be here next month.” It’s taken three months, but the other shoe has … Read More »

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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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Putsch at Cal/OSHA Standards Board

A putsch yesterday at Cal/OSHA’s Standard Board is a lesson in not angering Governor Gavin Newsom. The Governor replaced former Board Chair Dave Thomas with member Joseph Alioto. Notably, Thomas … Read More »

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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Silica ETS Readopted

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has adopted a slightly modified version of the silica emergency temporary standard (ETS), first adopted in December 2023. The Board intends to readopt the ETS in August before voting on the permanent version, which will have its public hearing in June. The adoption is slated by the end of the year. … Read More »

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Board Excludes Prisons, Jails From Indoor Heat Regs

The state Office of Administrative Law has rejected Cal/OSHA’s indoor heat illness prevention regulatory proposal because it lacks an approved fiscal impact statement—Form 399. The rejection was expected and required by law. The California Department of Finance objected to the standard at the last minute, citing what it describes as excessive costs for California’s prisons … Read More »

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Chipper Talks Getting Off the Block

After a pause of several years, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board will reconvene an advisory committee to explore the requirements for enhanced safety devices on brush chippers. Chipper incidents are not that frequent, but they are horrific. The committee will meet by teleconference on May 30th. Landscaper Jeff Buchanan first approached the Board in 2016 about … Read More »

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