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  • The Drought is Over for Cal/OSHA

    Since the recession Cal/OSHA has suffered a brain drain, through retirements and other causes. Those vacated positions went unfilled, also for multiple reasons. Now, that tide is turning. The State’s new-found wealth is being shared with Cal/OSHA, to the tune of $5.7 M, according to a press release issued jointly by DIR Director Christine Baker and Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.

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  • Correction: "Twenty Years of Dilapidation"

    In our May 14, 2014 post on changes at the Division we made the mistake of assuming what we read in the San Francisco Chronicle was true: That to beef up Cal/OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) units, the Division had to hire a lot of recent college grads severely inexperienced in life outside academia.

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  • Reporting Workplace Injuries and Illnesses to Cal/OSHA

    Employers have to report workplace accidents and injuries to OSHA, whether Cal/OSHA, Fed/OSHA or another state’s OSHA, within 8 hours of knowing that an injury or illness is “serious.” Let’s look at what that means.

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  • "Twenty Years of Dilapidation"

    “Twenty Years of Dilapidation”: That’s how Christine Baker, Director of Industrial Relations bluntly described Cal/OSHA’s current condition to a packed audience at the recent Safety Expo in Elk Grove. She has taken on the task of rehabilitating the Division and early results are encouraging.

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  • Here Comes the Sun da da da

    Cal/OSHA launched its Heat Illness Prevention Program for the 2014 season this week. The goal of the program is to reduce cases of heat illness and to ensure compliance with California’s heat illness prevention standard, Title 8 California Code of Regulations section 3395. The launch brings questions about what exactly Cal/OSHA intends to enforce this season: The regulation as it is currently written?

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  • California: The Place Where Dreams Never Get Started

    Elon Musk, a California resident, heir to Steve Jobs’ reputation as the smartest, boldest guy in Silicon Valley, and the driving force behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX, has announced plans to build the biggest manufacturing plant ever. He wants to spend up to $50 Billion and employ 6,500 workers to build batteries to power a more affordable version of the Tesla S, to be called Gen III.

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  • Cal/OSHA's Abuse of the 1BY Process Continues

    Employer advocate Fred Walter shares an e-mail from a duped safety manager to Cal/OSHA after he accepted an invitation to respond in writing about his employer’s safety program.

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  • What is an IIPP?

    Employer advocate Fred Walter discusses Cal/OSHA’s requirement that every California employer have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), explains its benefits, and explains why it should be kept simple.

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  • Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste

    Employer advocate Fred Walter discusses the effects of the brain drain at Cal/OSHA and asks why Cal/OSHA and management can’t work together to train new inspectors.

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  • Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess Resigns

    The California Department of Industrial Relations announced today that Ellen Widess has resigned effective immediately from her position as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. No specific reason was given for her resignation.

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