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Update - December 2016
Complex Employment Laws in 2017 - Are You Ready?


 






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Here's The Scoop About California Employment Laws In 2017 
   

At the recent 2016 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Anaheim, California, the Deputy Director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs - Patrick Kapust - announced the Most Frequently Violated Standards for fiscal year 2016.

Top Ten OSHA Violated Standards:  
10. Electrical-General Requirements: 1,704 Violations
Common Violations of the General Industry Rule Include:
  • Not guarding live parts
  • Not protecting working space, maintain
9. Electrical-Wiring Methods: 1,940 Violations
Common Violations of This General Industry Rule Include:
  • Using extensions/flexible cords as or instead of permanent wiring
8. Machine Guarding: 2,451 Violations
Common Violations of This General Industry Rule Include:
  • Lack of guarding at point of operation/nip points
  • Not anchoring fixed machinery
Amputations are a major hazard of insufficient machine guarding, for which OSHA has a National Emphasis Program. The reporting requirement that went into effect 1-1-15, requires employers to report to OSHA any amputation, including fingertip amputations with or without bone loss, within 24 hours of the incident.

7. Ladders: 2,639 Violations
These Construction Rule Violations Include:
  • Using ladders in ways not designed to be used
  • Using top rung
  • Using damaged ladders
6. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,860 Violations
These General Industry Standard Violations Include:
  • Not operating trucks safely
  • Not training workers operating trucks
  • Not complying with re-certification requirements
  • Not providing refresher training when worker is observed operating unsafely
  • Not maintaining trucks for safe use
According to Kapust, many of these violations involve fatalities.

5. Lockout/Tagout: 3,414 Violations
These General Industry Rule Violations Include:
  • Workers not getting required training
  • No lockout/tagout procedures
Kapust said these violations also involved fatalities.

4. Respiratory Protection: 3,585 Violations
These General Industry Standard Violations Include:
  • Workers have not been medically evaluated to wear respiratory protection
  • Employers are not providing respiratory protection when needed
  • Workers are not being properly fit-tested
  • Employers have not established a respiratory protection program
3. Scaffolding: 3,906 Violations
These Construction Rule Violations Include:
  • Lack of safe access to scaffolding
  • Not providing appropriate fall protection
  • Intermixing parts to build scaffolding
2. Hazard Communication: 5,677 Violations
These General Industry Violations Include:
  • Lack of training for workers handling hazardous chemicals
  • Not maintaining safety data sheet (SDS) for each chemical in facility
  • Not having a hazard communication program
  • Temporary workers-not being trained in hazard communication specific to the host worksite
1. Fall Protection: 6,929 Violations
These Construction Rule Violations Include:
  • Unprotected sizes and edges
  • Not providing appropriate fall protection    

Cal/OSHA violations are somewhat different because the most common violations are based on failure to have an effective written safety program or Illness & Injury Prevention Plan and violations of California's regulations regarding prevention of heat illness.
 
Note: 
Once you review this list you will likely have questions
about your company's safety practices. CalWorkSafety and
Don Dressler Consulting can assist any employer in dealing with OSHA compliance and offer effective ways of responding to Cal/OSHA inspections and citations.
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