Walking / Working Surfaces Committee

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board will reconvene its “walking/working surfaces” committee to continue work on matching Title 8 to Fed-OSHA requirements – and prevent falls. The committee will meet in early March to discuss fall protection, falling object protection, and stairway safety. There have been three other meetings, beginning in October 2022. The rulemaking effort is … Read More »

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Public Hearing: Fit Test Update

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board is adopting a Fed-OSHA update to respirator fit-testing protocols to ensure the Title 8 standard is at least as effective as its federal counterpart. The Board is holding a public hearing on the proposal in March, even though it is not required under the “Horcher” process for adopting federal language verbatim. … Read More »

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Historic Decision about Lead

After more than two hours of testimony by stakeholders and a more-than 13-year rulemaking effort, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board approved highly controversial revisions to the Title 8 lead standards. It … Read More »

Tragic Incident Spurs Emergency Petition

Warning of a catastrophe waiting to happen, the union representing refinery workers in the Bay Area has petitioned Cal/OSHA to specifically include renewable fuels plants in the updated version of the process safety management standard. The current PSM revisions were adopted after the massive 2012 fire at the Chevron Richmond Refinery; the changes became effective … Read More »

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In Case You Were Wondering . …

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has posted an agenda for a January 23rd meeting in Sacramento, less than a week after its monthly meeting on January 18th. As it turns out, the notice was filed to fulfill requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. But the meeting will consist almost exclusively of a closed session to … Read More »

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Another Cal/OSHA Gondola Variance

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has granted a variance to Calistoga’s Sterling Vineyards to install a high-tech gondola system that surpasses outdated Title 8 requirements. The Board has granted similar variances to several other employers in recent years. Sterling, owned by Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co., is installing a 2,816-foot detachable grip gondola tramway at the … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA Challenges Our Reporting

Following Cal-OSHA Reporter’s October 13th article, “More Lead Changes – Anything Big?” (p. 13881), Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health took issue with our coverage by pointing out what it says are “errors and inaccuracies” in the reporting. Here’s what we reported and DOSH’s response. We note that DOSH and the Standards Board published … Read More »

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