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Cal/OSHA Standards Board Sets Hearing Date, Comment Period on Heat Illness Proposal


On August 8, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board released a proposed revision to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard, Section 3395 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations. At the same time, the agency set a comment period for the proposed regulation -- August 8, 2014 through September 25, 2014 -- and set a public hearing for September 26 in San Diego.

You can view the Standards Boards' notice, along with the Initial Statement of Reasons and the proposed revision at this link.

Read more: Comment Period, Hearing Set for Heat Illness Revision

 
Cal/OSHA Submits Draft Heat Illness Regulation
 
On May 28, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Department of Industrial Relations submitted a proposed revision to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard, Section 3395 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.  The agency indicates it has initiated this regulatory process with a goal of having a revised standard in place for the 2015 growing season.
Kicking-Off the 2014 Heat Season
Cal/OSHA recently reminded agricultural employers of the agency's upcoming Heat Illness Prevention standard enforcement activity.  The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of heat illness statewide and ensure compliance with California's heat illness standard. 

Read more: Kicking Off the 2014 Heat Season

Get a Tractor Personnel Carrier Variance

Tractor-mounted platforms to transport workers, have been widely used in California, particularly in the southern Central Valley and on the Central Coast. But Cal/OSHA has consistently taken the position that use of such transportation devices violates Cal/OSHA safety standards.

Read more: Get a Tractor Personnel Carrier Variance

Reporting Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses and Deaths


 An employer may encounter three kinds of work-related physical or mental harm to employees:
(1) A relatively minor injury or illness that does not require medical treatment beyond first aid or cause lost time beyond the date of the injury or illness;
(2) A serious injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid or causing lost time beyond the date of the injury or illness; or,
(3)  A death.

Read more: Reporting Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Deaths