Cal/OSHA Model Violence Prevention Plan Has Been Published

Cal/OSHA has published a model plan to help employers comply with a new law requiring that they have in place a workplace violence plan. The model is designed to provide structure for employers to create their own plans. Businesses have the option to use the model plan, create their own or use another plan template.…

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Workers’ Compensation: Reporting Claims Later Can Push up Costs 50%

One major factor in keeping the costs of a workers’ compensation claim from spiraling out of control is to report the claim promptly. Claims are routinely filed late, either by the injured worker who fails to report it to the employer, or the employer procrastinating and not reporting the claim to its insurer. Both of…

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How to Protect Workers Against Heat Illness

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As another scorching summer is upon us, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers to take precautions to protect them against the heat. California employers need to be especially mindful as Cal/OSHA has workplace safety regulations governing the prevention of heat illness. The agency actively enforces its heat illness prevention standard. Employers should also comply…

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Software Security Hole Puts Businesses at Risk

software security hole puts businesses at risk

The federal government has warned that a newly discovered computer software vulnerability poses a major threat to the security of computer networks around the country. Cybercriminals are exploiting holes in open-source code software commonly used in computer applications, websites, and cloud services. This can allow cybercriminals to seize control of a business’s computer network if…

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Control Losses by Identifying Top Factors Leading to Injury

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The latest trend in workplace safety best practices is tracking “leading indicators” – or building on the lessons learned from past events – to reduce the chances of future injuries. Safety professionals are increasingly keeping track of near misses, hours spent on training and facility housekeeping and measuring the impact on the organization’s overall safety…

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Wildfires Make for Difficult Insurance Market

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More businesses in wildfire-prone areas are facing a difficult commercial property insurance market as insurers reduce their exposure and some have left the market altogether. Many businesses in areas that have already been ravaged by fires in the past, or those located in areas that are near forests and large grassy areas, are seeing their…

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As Workplaces Open, Experts Fear Lawsuit Tsunami

As more Americans return to the workplace, employers are now faced with the difficult issue of transitioning reluctant staff back as well as complaints and legal action from the most reluctant of workers. Already some returning workers have started to sue their employers, often accusing them of not adequately protecting their workers against COVID-19 in…

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Wildfire Smoke Protection Rules Now in Effect

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Cal/OSHA has issued emergency regulations* that require employers of outdoor workers to take protective measures, including providing respiratory equipment, when air quality is significantly affected by wildfires. The rules require employers to take action when the Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter 2.5 is more than 150 (the “unhealthy” range). The protections also would…

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