An employer may encounter three kinds of work-related physical or mental harm to employees:
For (1), no report is required by law
For (2), an employer must file a report of the injury or illness with the employer's workers compensation carrier the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Statistics and Research. This report must be filed within five days after the employer learns of the injury or illness. If the employee later dies due to the reported injury or illness, the employer must file an amended report within five days of learning of the death.
For a serious injury or illness, or for a death must report it to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) immediately, but not more than eight hours A serious injury or illness is one requiring inpatient hospitalization for more than 24 hours other than for medical observation, or one involving the loss of any member of the body or a serious degree of permanent disfigurement.
For easy reference in an emergency situation, here are the offices and phone numbers where you can make a report of an accident; report the accident to the Cal/OSHA office nearest to where the accident occured:
- San Francisco : 415-557-0300 or 415-557-0100
- Fremont: 510-794-2521
- Foster City: 650-573-3812
- Oakland: 510-622-2916
- Santa Rosa: 707-576-2388
- Sacramento: 916-263-2800 or 916-263-2803
- Concord: 925-602-6517
- Modesto: 209-545-7310
- Fresno: 559-445-5302
- Redding: 530-224-4743
- Santa Ana: 714-558-4300 or 714-558-4451
- San Diego: 619-767-2280
- San Bernardino: 909-383-4321
- Monrovia: 626-471-9122
- Los Angeles: 213-576-7451
- West Covina: 626-472-0046
- Van Nuys: 818-901-5403
- Bakersfield: 661-588-6400
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..."
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>).
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Pictograms
Cal/OSHA has adopted new federal rules for Hazard Communication, training your employees on hazardous chemicals they will encounter in the workplace. One of the changes you need to train employees about are the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS), the replacement for old Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
For a short video to explain the new requirement, click here.