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.
According to the agency, current safety standards prohibit "riders on agricultural equipment other than persons required for instruction or assistance in machine operation." (California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 3441(a)(2)(B).)
On February 24, the agency released a memorandum describing how agricultural employers who wish to use tractor mounted personnel platforms to reduce employee fatigue may to Cal/OSHA apply for a variance from this standard.
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.
DPR Pest Safety for Children
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has created a fun, useful series of seven exciting videos that show "green" ways for controlling pests. The videos, filmed in child care centers in Yolo County, can help prevent pests from entering centers and becoming hazardous to human health. (See video clip here<http://youtu.be/3FTgBZuWerM>).
IIPP Tools Developed
The Worker Occupational Safety and Health Training and Education Program (WOSHTEP) has published new tools to aid agricultural employers with their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).
Cal/OSHA Asks Standard Board for Night Work Standard
Cal/OSHA Standards Board issued a request for a night work safety standard to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board on December 2. Click here to view the proposed regulation.
Acting Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum asked to Board to "augument and clarify the requirement to provide work area lighting about agricultural equipment and trucking operations during agricultural field operations..."