heat illness update

Updated heat illness standard – things to know

Last August I warned you that CalOSHA was in the process of upgrading its heat illness standard, section 3395. The changes were adopted and took effect May 1st, 2015. If you missed the updates, here’s a quick summary of what you need to know. Shade shall be present when the temperature exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit Read more about Updated heat illness standard – things to know[…]

Got forklifts? Don’t forget to post this required CalOSHA Poster

One often overlooked component of your organizations powered industrial truck program is the requirement to post CalOSHA’s forklift operating rules poster in your facility.  Most organizations have these rules embedded in their written programs; however, they fail to post them in a conspicuous place.  If you haven’t posted your rules, don’t worry, we obtained a Read more about Got forklifts? Don’t forget to post this required CalOSHA Poster[…]

How to get a grip on slip and falls. Tread, traction and temperature

Boat shoes have it, so why don’t work shoes?  What do they have?  Great traction.  Traction that is enhanced through siping.  If you read our previous article on tire siping, then you already know that siping produces micro grooves or slits in the tread to increase traction and extend the life of the tread by Read more about How to get a grip on slip and falls. Tread, traction and temperature[…]

My “nail in the coffin” of the IIPP versus Safety Manual debate

Ever since I dipped my pinky toe into the waters  of safety there has been an ongoing battle among safety professionals and risk managers alike as to whether the IIPP  should be part of a larger safety manual or if it should remain a standalone document.  For the past 20 years, I have advocated that Read more about My “nail in the coffin” of the IIPP versus Safety Manual debate[…]

osha log 300 changes

No changes for California OSHA Log 300 – hold on, it’s coming

You have probably heard rumblings about the OSHA Log 300 and the Federal OSHA changes that were imposed on September 11, 2014 and thought not again.  Yes, Federal OSHA has implemented two key changes to the OSHA Log 300 record keeping requirements; however, they do not yet apply to California.  I spoke with the CalOSHA Read more about No changes for California OSHA Log 300 – hold on, it’s coming[…]

What’s the penalty for not providing heat illness rest periods? State says an hour of Pay per Day

FThis is probably one of the most overlooked  pieces of legislation of 2013 which has huge ramifications for every employer in the State of California.  Gov. Brown signed into law SB435 which amended Labor Code Section 226.7 providing premium pay to workers who miss their recovery periods.  The bill was misleading to most risk managers Read more about What’s the penalty for not providing heat illness rest periods? State says an hour of Pay per Day[…]