Permanent COVID Standard by Spring?

Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s announcement that it intends to start work on a permanent version of the Title 8 COVID regulation raises several questions. Stakeholders at a … Read More »

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OSH Bills to Governor’s Desk

Four bills related to occupational safety and health – some controversial, some not – have reached the governor’s desk. The governor has until October 10th to act on them. First, … Read More »

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Status of OSH Bills

Several significant pieces of legislation affecting occupational safety and health are close to passage in California’s statehouse. Here is a status update, including major revisions to three of the bills. … Read More »

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Technical Diving Reg Approved

The California Office of Administrative Law has approved Title 8 revisions that officially recognize technical diving in California. It takes effect on October 1st. The Cal/OSHA Standards Board adopted the … Read More »

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Bill to Expand Cal/OSHA Powers

Senator Lena Gonzalez and co-author, Assemblyman Lorena Gonzalez, through SB 606, seek to apply Fed-OSHA’s “egregious employer” provisions to Cal/OSHA violations. But the bill is much more than just that … Read More »

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Variance Keeps the Pressure Off Employees

A Los Angeles project’s huge tunnel boring machines need maintenance and inspection, but also needs to keep the tunnel face pressurized. Here’s how the construction company and Cal/OSHA have worked … Read More »

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Warehouse Quota Bill

There is a new bill in the California Legislature. AB 701, by Assemblyman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), takes aim at quotas for warehouse employees – most particularly Amazon. It would … Read More »

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Dem Seeks to Super-Size Cal/OSHA Penalties

Ostensibly aimed at “egregious and flagrant” COVID-19 violations among employers, a new bill in the California Legislature would ratchet up Cal/OSHA penalties for willful violations by allowing the agency to … Read More »

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