Archive for the ‘Cal OSHA’ Category

Cal OSHA Fines Bimbo Bakery Where Workers Lost Limbs

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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California occupational safety officials have issued one of their agency’s largest group of fines ever, $230,535 to Bimbo Bakeries for failing to fix safety violations that led to amputation of workers’ limbs.

Cal OSHA officials said that 20 alleged violations were documented at three factories belonging to the company, which produces brands that include Oroweat and Entenmann’s baked goods.

The food factories are in South San Francisco, Escondido and Montebello.
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Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Citations at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The handling of a patient with bacterial meningitis landed an Alta Bates Summit Medical Center employee and an Oakland police officer in intensive care and prompted California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to issue citations to three employers, including willful allegations against Alta Bates.

The citations, issued April 19, were the first issued under Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard, which took effect last summer. DOSH issued citations to Alta Bates, and the Oakland Police and Fire departments, and is investigating possible meningitis exposure to ambulance drivers employed by American Medical Response.
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Employee Loses Fingertips in Perris CA Industrial Accident

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A worker lost two fingertips in an industrial accident Thursday morning in Perris, authorities said.

An injury involving a machine was reported about 8:15 a.m. at Four Slide Engineering, 4635 Wade Ave., said Capt. Scott Lane of the Riverside County Fire Department.

Sgt. Lisa McConnell of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Cal OSHA will investigate the incident, which involved a man doing machinist work.
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California Landfill Wins OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Star Status

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The certification by Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA followed a three-year safety project at the Clean Harbors facility.

Clean Harbors, a Norwell, Mass.-based operator of more than 50 waste management facilities in North America and others located in Bulgaria, China, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, announced that its Buttonwillow, Calif. landfill has achieved OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Star status. The certification followed a three-year safety project by Clean Harbors that was directed by a committee of employees at the 320-acre facility.

The company said VPP, Cal/OSHA, and Clean Harbors representatives conducted inspections and made additional recommendations during the project. “VPP certification is a rigorous process that was driven by our volunteer employee committee. All of our employees, as well as our contractors, were committed and participated in the process,” said Clean Harbors Buttonwillow General Manager Marianna Buoni. “The certification process was a natural extension to our traditional focus on health and safety in all of our operations. The VPP designation testifies to our safety culture and our commitment to provide a healthy work environment, now and in the future.”

The Buttonwillow Class One landfill accepts hazardous waste, including federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) waste and materials that fall under California hazardous waste regulations.

3M 8000 Respirator Recall From Cal OSHA

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

News report about the recall of 3M 8000 respirators made reference to the “8000 series respirator.” That term has triggered a deluge of questions to Cal/OSHA about whether other 3M respirators are affected by the recall, which was ordered when health-care employers reported an unacceptably high failure rate during fit tests.

Only the 8000 series are affected on the State Respirator Recall. For instance, Craig Brown, senior industrial hygienist for the VHA Center for Engineering & Occupational Safety and Health in Pittsburgh, Pa., notes that there are several sub-series of the 3M 8000 N95 respirators with different face molds, such as 8210, 8211, 8511, 8612, 8670 and more. These are not affected by the recall.

The only respirators that have been recalled are the model 8000, says DOSH Senior Safety Engineer Deborah Gold. “Other 8000 series N95 respirators are not affected by the alert,” she says.

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DIR/DOSH) reminds all California employees of their requirement to post at their place of business a list of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred at the workplace during the last year. The list must be displayed from February 1 through April 30 for employee review.

The required Cal/OSHA Form 300A is available online at www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/.

Employers are required to use form 300A to report the number of injuries each year, even if no work-related injuries occurred. (more…)