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Cal/OSHA Consultation Visits On The Rise

Posted by Terra Laverty
22 Jul 2022 06:59 PM

We have witnessed a rise in Cal/OSHA consultation visits and surprise enforcement inspections this year. Typically, these visits include an analysis of programs such as your Injury & Illness Prevention Program, Heat Illness Program, Training Program, and a walk-through inspection of your worksite.

To stay safe and be prepared, ensure your company safety programs are being implemented and are effective.  This means your programs are current and up to date, employees are experienced in the job being performed and employees have effective training in matters respective to their particular job assignments.

Your programs such as your IIPP and Heat Illness Program are required to be updated and reviewed annually at a minimum or whenever new substances, processes, procedures, or equipment are introduced to the workplace and represent a new hazard. These programs must be readily available for employees to access.

If Cal/OSHA Shows up:

SAFETY COACHING UPDATE SUBMITTED BY BEN W. LAVERTY, III, Ph.D., CSP, FACFE, REPA
 

1.Opening Conference: Issues to be reviewed.

  • a. Have IIPP available
  • b. Have training records available
  • c. Have disciplinary notice(s) available
  • d. Have 5 years of OSHA 300 Logs with current year included
  • e. Have 5 years of OSHA 300A Logs with current year included

2.  Escort Cal/OSHA person to incident scene using route least likely to offer the Cal/OSHA person a view of other operations.

3.  Be truthful and brief when answering questions.

4.  Do not share opinions on: injured individuals, (verbal or mutual), training programs, competency or supervisory personnel at time of inspection (get all available evidence first).

5.  Make copies of or note any statements made by Cal/OSHA inspector.

6.  If inspector takes a picture, a mirror image of that picture MUST BE taken by company personnel, developed, documented and put into the investigation file.

7.  Never argue with a Cal/OSHA representative.

8.  Do not ask if there will be a citation.

9.  Do not say that you think a citation should be written even if at the time you may think one is deserved. (Yet to be discovered evidence could change your mind…you will have difficulty in taking the statement back).

10.  Be on the alert for verbal entrapment. The inspector will often:

  • a. Ask, ask, ask – is the answer the same each time?
  • b. Implying “another” usually higher-ranking individual, said the facts were different.
  • c. Let Cal/OSHA expert draw and report on any preliminary conclusion, not you.
  • d. Don’t get hooked with “what do you think.” Answer with, “I’m holding off on making conclusions until I have all the information.”

11.Closing Conference: Listen and take notes.

 

Reminder: OSHA 300 Logs to be posted by tomorrow

Posted by Terra Laverty
31 Jan 2022 03:09 PM

 

Don’t forget to fill out, submit(as required) and post(Form 300A only) your OSHA 300 logs February 1 – April 30.  Forms can be found at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/forms.

Recordables are an illness that is work-related and result in one of the following:

  • Death
  • Days away from work
  • Restricted work or transfer to another job
  • Medical treatment beyond first aid
  • Loss of consciousness
  • A significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional.

The forms must be filled out even if no recordable illnesses have occurred.

 

Cal/OSHA Ag COVID-19 Checklist, CSTC CSP COVID-19 Update, Worksite Specific COVID-19 Plan Checklist

Posted by Terra Laverty
07 Jul 2020 12:26 AM

Cal/OSHA has been visiting worksites and asking for and or utilizing the general checklist attached to enforce COVID-19 protocols.  Please see the link for the Cal/OSHA Ag checklist specific to COVID-19 and note that when the CSTC worksite specific document (see link) is utilized with the IIPP topic (see link) then the checklist items are addressed.

 

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Checklist for Ag

 

IIPP-CSP COVID-19 Update 6.25.20

 

Worksite Specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan Checklist

 

We are here to support you.  Please reach out to any of our staff.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy!

 

CSTC Team

 

COVID-19: The Rough... AND The Good

Posted by Terra Laverty
12 Jun 2020 12:03 AM

Two weeks ago I did a Zoom meeting presentation on COVID-19 for my business networking group here in Hawaii.  After sharing the PowerPoint with Ben (my brother and colleague), he thought it would be great to share with all of you.  If you would like to talk about any of the information in the slides or want further details of the presentation, please reach out to me.  I would love to share and chat. 

 

CSTC COVID-19 TLAV 5.2020

 

Stay Safe!  Stay Healthy!

We are all in this together!

Essential Industries with an employee who tests positive for COVID-19

Posted by Terra Laverty
05 May 2020 02:55 AM

Essential Industries with an employee who tests positive for COVID-19

  1. Isolate sick worker from other employees.
  2. Inform other employees while protecting privacy under HIPAA laws.
  3. Perform a contact tracing of the employee at your workplace for the previous 14 days including contractors and suppliers who may have been in close contact* with the infected worker.
  4. Sanitize surfaces which the worker may have touched including tools and transportation.
  5. Monitor employees who were potentially exposed. Ask daily about symptoms and potential exposures. Train employees to inform you if any symptoms appear while working and isolate any employee who has symptoms. Consider monitoring temperatures of employees.
  6. If contact tracing indicates the employee was exposed while working then recording (worker comp) and reporting to Cal/OSHA if the illness leads to a fatality, in-patient hospitalization or disfigurement.
  7. Review your companies code of safe practice for COVID-19 and review your infectious disease management plan and update as needed.

** Data is limited to define of close contact. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (within 6 feet), the duration of exposure (e.g., longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the individual has symptoms (e.g., coughing likely increases exposure risk) and whether the individual was wearing a facemask (which can efficiently block respiratory secretions from contaminating others and the environment).


Sources: Cal/OSHA, CDC, OSHA, CA DHS and HHS

UPDATED COVID-19 Code of Safe Practice (E/S) for your IIPP replacing update from 4.6.2020

Posted by Terra Laverty
23 Apr 2020 02:12 AM

The CDC and Cal/OSHA regulations have been changing as the pandemic is progressing.  The Code of Safe Practice attached for COVID-19 reflects the most recent changes we are aware of.  In particular the return to work and quarantine guidelines have changed recently.  Please review and update your IIPP with this Code of Safe Practice.  If you have questions or need assistance in updating your programs please contact us.

IIPP CSP COVID-19 English 4.22.2020

IIPP CSP COVID-19 Spanish 4.22.2020

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Specific Guidance for Agriculture Employers and Employees

Posted by Terra Laverty
08 Apr 2020 01:35 AM

Cal/OSHA has released specific COVID-19 guidance for the Agriculture community. 

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Specific Guidance for Agriculture Employers and Employees

Guía de Seguridad y Salud de CalOSHA sobre COVID-19 en la Industria Agricola

CSTC has created a COVID-19 Code of Safe Practice (E/S) for you to include in your updated Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) as directed by the Cal/OSHA guidance. 

IIPP CSP COVID-19 English 4.6.2020

IIPP CSP COVID-19 Spanish 4.6.2020

We are available to help and support you with any questions or assistance in updating your Company's specific IIPP. 

 

 

 

Important Resources for COVID-19

Posted by CSTC Staff
13 Mar 2020 09:00 AM

Important Resources for COVID-19 awareness and protection.

March 6th Cal OSHA update on Coronavirus

Posted by CSTC Staff
09 Mar 2020 09:00 AM

Cal/OSHA Notice: Guidance Posted on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus - March 6, 2020

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers if the Air Quality is Unhealthy due to Wildfire Smoke

Posted by CSTC Staff
28 Oct 2019 09:00 AM

CSTC subscribes to several News Services, one of them being Department of Industrial Relations ( DIR News ). Sunday October 27th, we received this release about "Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers if the Air Quality is Unhealthy due to Wildfire Smoke". We are republishing this information to help spread this valuation information.

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