The California Department of Industrial Relations includes an important agency that is responsible for ensuring workplace safety. The formal name of agency is the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, but it is informally known as "Cal/OSHA" in a nod to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Cal/OSHA is responsible for many tasks, but none is more important than the investigation of workplace accidents and the enforcement of the state's workplace safety laws.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is appealing an administrative law judge's decision regarding how it chooses to cite employers for safety violations.
The federal Occupations Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has proposed some guidelines regarding the reporting of workplace accidents which have caused some consternation among some employers, particularly those who would like to conduct drug and alcohol tests after an accident.
The National Safety Council, the renowned nonprofit advocacy group, recently released the results of a fascinating study gauging employee feelings about workplace safety, a truly important topic given that 4,836 people lost their lives in work-related accidents in 2015 alone.
It is important for workers to be familiar with the workplace safety protections available to them. California workplace safety investigators are investigating a carbon monoxide exposure incident at a Northern California construction site in the East Bay area. According to a Division of Occupational Safety and Health representative, the state workplace safety investigators are determining if proper safety procedures were being followed when the incident took place. All three injured workers involved in the incident were taken to local hospitals following the construction accident.
As any California construction worker can attest, the construction industry is fraught with dangers that can cause serious or fatal injury. That is why every company in this industry should make workplace safety its first priority, and most of them do. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) sets minimum safety standards for companies to follow that are designed to minimize the risk of injury to workers. Even so, accidents can still occur, and some of them are fatal.
If you're a company manager -- especially a safety official -- for a California enterprise or other business entity nationally, you're always glad to receive an accolade or two regarding your conscious promotion of safe work practices and outcomes for employees, right?