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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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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‘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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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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