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Abatement: Will This Conundrum Ever End?

Earlier posts on California OSHA’s new abatement rules focused on the old wise rule and the changed dynamic and conflict brought about by the new dr… Read More
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When is a Roof Just a Roof?

REPRINTED from California Constructor May/June 2016 issue It was not a matter of harmless semantics when Cal/OSHA threatened to shut a job down in Oak… Read More
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Abatement 2016: Abatement Law Becomes a Growth Industry

In our last blog we discussed how the Appeals Board was led by labor and workers’ advocacy groups to amend 8 CCR section 373 to provide an expedited… Read More
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Abatement 2016: How We Got To The Expedited Proceeding Process

We know the song says, “It’s not where you start; It’s where you finish.”  But to understand where we are and discern a way forward, we need… Read More
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Abatement 2016: Multiple Traps for Unwary Employers

The new abatement rules forced on us first by the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board in the adoption of Title 8 California Code of Regulations, section 373 http:… Read More
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Warrant: Huh. Yeah. What is it good for?

Forgive us the word play (and the song which you now can’t get out of your head. [See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_(Edwin_Starr_song)]‎, but… Read More
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OPU - What to do about it

So the dreaded yellow placard, an Order Prohibiting Use (OPU), has been placed on one of your machines or your entire worksite. What should you do now… Read More
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Cal/OSHA’S NUCLEAR OPTION: THE OPU

When Cal/OSHA inspectors come across a hazard which they believe is an “imminent” risk for death or serious physical harm to employees, they have… Read More
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Reporting Workplace Injuries and Illnesses to Cal/OSHA

Employers have to report workplace accidents and injuries to OSHA, whether Cal/OSHA, Fed/OSHA or another state’s OSHA, within 8 hours of knowing th… Read More
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What is an IIPP?

In this blog we are starting a periodic series which will answer frequently asked questions about Cal/OSHA and workplace safety. It seems appropriate… Read More
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