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Issue Date: February 11, 2019

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Special Report: Year in Review and What’s New in California for 2019: Cal/OSHA Regulations, Enforcement Trends, and More

Over the past year, California has undergone a number of important workplace safety developments with far-reaching impacts for employers. Several rule updates took effect in 2018, and more are on the way in 2019. This exclusive Special Report will detail these recent developments and give you a preview of what’s coming your way so you can prepare now.

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Q&A: If I have a recordable injury that occurred in 2017 and has carried over into 2018, does that 2017 recordable injury need to be reflected on the 2018 OSHA 300 log?

Recently, a subscriber asked how to handle injuries that extend into multiple calendar years for the purposes of recordkeeping on the OSHA 300 log. Find out how we answered.

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Lockout/tagout: Changes on the horizon?

OSHA's most recent regulatory agenda includes two items with the potential to change employers’ lockout/tagout compliance obligations: a request for information about the strengths and limitations of computer-based controls and a Standards Improvement Project rulemaking that could broaden the scope of the standard by removing a single word.

Keep Reading

News

Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)Cal/OSHA to hold hearing on electronic recordkeeping

Health - GeneralCDC to track firefighters’ exposures, cancers

Hazard CommunicationOSHA outlines FIFRA, HazCom differences

Safety - GeneralWorkers, employers click with NIOSH resources

Hazard CommunicationHazard communication: Successful strategies to avoid one of the most commonly cited violations

Fire ExtinguishersInfographic: 4 compliance options for use of fire extinguishers

Healthcare SafetyNIOSH finds nurses not using PPE with hazardous drugs

Silica (Construction)OSHA expected to act on silica standard

Training

Webinars

Machine GuardingWebinar [2018-11]: Machine Guarding and Lockout/Tagout: Simplify and Implement Your OSHA-Compliant Program and Procedures According to OSHA, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, and abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year because of unguarded or poorly safeguarded machines and equipment. In this on-demand webinar, Attorney Tracy Moon of Fisher Phillips LLP will explain machine guarding and LOTO regulations and how to best comply with applicable requirements to prevent accidents and violations.

Electrical SafetyWebinar [2018-11]: Electrical Safety Hazard Reduction: How to Zap Common Mistakes that Cause Crippling Injuries, Facility Damage, and OSHA Fines NFPA has released the 2018 version of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. In this on-demand webinar, Mark Haskins of Practical Safety Solutions will provide insight into how to implement the latest NFPA 70E specifications to protect employees from electrical shock and arc flash and avoid OSHA citations.

Time Savers

Employee NewslettersFebruary 2019 Safety Works for Employees—This month's issue includes tips on automobile battery safety, lockout/tagout, shelter in place, and pinch points.

Ask The Expert

Q: Does OSHA require a shower station or eye wash station to be located by our battery chargers for our PIT equipment? What else do we need to be OSHA compliant in our battery charging area?

Q: How does an employer determine who should be trained and offered the HBV vaccination?

Q: Is it mandatory for employees to sign a declination letter after receiving training on the hepatitis B injection?

Q: What are the Cal/OSHA requirements or limitations of propane and electric forklifts in coating/paint spray booths?

Q: If I have a recordable injury that occurred in 2017 and has carried over into 2018, does that 2017 recordable injury need to be reflected on the 2018 OSHA 300 log?

Q: Is the HAZWOPER training required for staff that operate a water pollution control plant?

Q: Our facilities have ACBM or are PACM. The EPA standard requires an Operations and Maintenance Plan and the person responsible for the Plan must have O & M Training. Can we train or must training be by an accredited or official training facility?

Q: Is a dedicated walking lane required for pedestrians in a warehouse where forklifts are operated? Also, is there a requirement that visitors wear safety vests?

Q: If an employee leaves one facility to work at another facility owned by the same company, does that employee need to be retrained at their new facility like a new employee?

Q: Has OSHA regulated the use of noise-cancelling headphones in the biotech industry? Could they be used in office areas but not in laboratory/production/dangerous areas?

Q: Does OSHA require a Health and Safety policy to be written?

Regulatory Activity

Final Rules

State:

02/7/2019—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—General Rating for the State Insurance Fund

02/7/2019—Commercial Driver Safety—Tennessee—Classified and Commercial Drivers Licenses

02/6/2019—Workers' Compensation—North Carolina—DETERMINATION OF CLAIMS BY THE COMMISSION

02/5/2019—Commercial Driver Safety—Pennsylvania—Motor Carrier Age Requirement

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—Michigan—Workers' Compensation Health Care Services

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—California—Workers' Compensation Classification and Rating Rules

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—California—Workers' Compensation Classification and Rating Rules

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—Nevada—Compensation of Injured Employee

01/30/2019—Workers' Compensation—Ohio—General Rating for the State Insurance Fund

Proposed Rules

State:

02/7/2019—Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Kentucky—Toxic and Hazardous Substances

02/7/2019—Cranes and Derricks (Construction)—Kentucky—Cranes and Derricks in Construction

02/6/2019—Safety Plans—California—Injury and Illness Prevention Program

02/6/2019—Workers' Compensation—North Carolina—Workers Compensation and Tort Claims Rules

02/5/2019—Workers' Compensation—Washington—Medical Aid Rules

02/5/2019—Safety - General—Rhode Island—Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection

02/4/2019—Safety Plans—California—Injury and Illness Prevention Program

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oklahoma—Affidavit of Exempt Status

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oklahoma—General Provisions

02/1/2019—Workers' Compensation—Oklahoma—Exempt Status Documentation

Reference Materials

Guidance Documents

Safety - General—National—Year in Review and What's New in California for 2019: Cal/OSHA Regulations, Enforcement Trends, and More

Ladders (Construction)—National—Portable Ladder Safety [OSHA Quick Card]

Scaffolding (Construction)—National—OSHA Fact Sheet: Narrow Frame Scaffolds

Scaffolding (Construction)—National—OSHA Fact Sheet: Erecting and Using Tube and Coupler Scaffolds

Scaffolding (Construction)—National—OSHA Fact Sheet: Planning and Designing Tube and Coupler Scaffolds

White Papers

Lockout-tagout: Changes on the horizon?OSHA's most recent regulatory agenda includes two items with the potential to change employers’ lockout/tagout compliance obligations: a request for information about the strengths and limitations of computer-based controls and a Standards Improvement Project rulemaking that could broaden the scope of the standard by removing a single word.

New Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

February 14, 2019
Temporary Worker Safety 101: Essential Strategies for Host Employers and Staffing Agencies

 

February 19, 2019
Crane Operator Qualification: What OSHA’s Long-Awaited Final Rule Means for Your Organization

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