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Latest California Occupational Safety and Health Administration Stories

2014-04-17 16:21:00

CONCORD, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cal/OSHA cited Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) today for willful serious safety violations that resulted in two workers being killed by a fast-moving train in Walnut Creek last October. The citations carry proposed penalties totaling $210,000. Cal/OSHA issued the citations for three willful serious violations after its investigation found the following: -- The two workers who were killed, Christopher D. Sheppard and...

2013-09-18 20:21:14

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Department of Industrial Relation's (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA) joined Federal OSHA in reminding agricultural employers of the hazards of confined spaces including grain handling operations at farms. The hazard alert comes as part of President Obama's proclamation of National Farm Safety and Health Week, which goes from September 15 through 21, 2013....

2013-09-10 16:21:33

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cal/OSHA cited Henkel Corporation $200,825 for multiple serious and willful violations following the April death of a 26-year-old temporary worker who became entangled with the exposed rotating shaft of a mixer while mixing industrial adhesive. Cal/OSHA sanctioned the company for failing to identify and safeguard against the hazards of working near the mixer. "This tragedy was completely preventable, and underscores what...

2013-07-03 20:20:42

OAKLAND, Calif., July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cal/OSHA advises employers that continued vigilance is essential as the extended heat wave continues with brutal temperatures forecast through Friday in Southern California and the Central Valley. "Although some areas in the state are beginning to cool down, the extended heat wave in the Central Valley and Southern California will require employers to take special precautions. Rest, water, shade and increased vigilance are...

2013-05-24 23:15:10

Online course addresses 5 key heat related hazards. Greenville, NC (PRWEB) May 24, 2013 Just as many parts of the country start feeling the heat of spring and summer, LBA University is now offering an online Heat Stress Safety course. The online course is OSHA compliant and covers heat stress illnesses and the various hazards unique to working in environments where heat exposure is a critical concern. The online course content is supported by the skilled LBA University training staff....

2013-01-30 16:21:53

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today lauded the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) for nearly $1 million in fines and citations the department issued against Chevron in response to a fire last summer at the company's refinery in Richmond, Calif. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) The Aug. 6 incident produced a huge cloud of smoke across the San Francisco Bay area,...

2012-08-15 14:21:30

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a protracted heat wave in many regions of the state over the past week that is slated to continue through this week, the California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA) is urging employers to protect outdoor workers from heat illness and allow for new workers to adjust to changes in weather (also known as acclimatization). "This is the longest...

2012-08-10 14:20:29

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As temperatures soar into the 100s over the next several days throughout the state, the California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA) is reminding all employers of outdoor workers to ensure they have effective procedures and equipment in place to prevent, recognize and appropriately handle heat illness. "During this heat wave it is crucial that...

2012-08-08 14:22:38

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With heat waves predicted across many California regions over the next week, the California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly referred to as Cal/OSHA) urges all employers of outdoor workers to revisit their heat illness prevention process and their emergency response procedures to ensure they are thoroughly prepared. "Cal/OSHA's adoption of the nation's first set of heat...

2012-07-30 14:21:15

OAKLAND, Calif., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risk of heat illness, especially with heat waves expected this week in the Central and Inland Valleys. Cal/OSHA has maintained a constant presence to ensure that employers protect their outdoor workers from the risk of heat illness. While these ongoing efforts have saved lives due to greater compliance by employers, constant vigilance is particularly...