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FAQ: Cal/OSHA Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases

Frequently Asked Questions – RECORDING INJURIES ON LOG Do employers have to record COVID-19 illnesses on their Log 300? Yes, California employers that are required to record work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses must record a work-related COVID-19 fatality or illness like any other occupational illness. To be recordable, an illness must be work-related and result […]

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How to Handle OSHA Investigations

As of April 17, 2020, Cal/OSHA had received over 1,500 complaints about employers who allegedly failed to provide proper protection during the ongoing pandemic related to the COVID-19 crisis.  OSHA’s investigative powers are limited in their ability to fully investigate all these complaints.  Cal-OSHA Reporter noted that in the first quarter of 2019, OSHA had […]

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COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: FACE MASKS, SURGICAL MASKS & RESPIRATORS

  What are the key differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators? Cloth face coverings: §  May be commercially produced or improvised (i.e., homemade) garments, scarves, bandanas, or items made from t-shirts or other fabrics. §  Are worn in public over the nose and mouth to contain the wearer’s potentially infectious respiratory droplets […]

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This is not your Father’s EPA…This is the New Enforcement of EPA Regulations

PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE ARE SKYROCKETING:  Last year a chain of automobile stores were hit with penalties totaling $3.38 million dollars ( as reported in San Jose Mercury News ).  Recently, Pep Boys settled to pay $3.7 million dollars in a lawsuit alleging that the company illegally dumped hazardous waste. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/30/pep-boys-to-pay-millions-in-hazardous-waste-settlement/amp/.  An auto dealership […]

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Cal/OSHA Regulatory Update & Top Citations for 2017 and 2018

Cal/OSHA has amended regulations, effective January 1, 2020, which changes the definition of “serious injury or illness” that must be reported to Cal/OSHA within 8 hours. There are also changes to the definition for repeat violations under Cal/OSHA. The most cited regulations for 2017 & 2018 list is also public now. The new regulation, AB 1805, changes the […]

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