California – Pay Attention (Part 2)

If you are in California, you know that with wildfires, you have to offer your employees masks if the air particulate levels get above 150. And not just any mask, and N-95.

It looks like CalOSHA has bent on that a bit. So here are two guides. 1) who has N-95 masks (although I have found this to be sketchy), plus FINALLY 2) how to get other masks that still ‘count.’ This is a recent change – 9/28/2020.

Also – you can monitor air quality through many different websites, but I find Air Visual works well in looking at large areas on a map, or zooming in.

Download here! Do it now!

California – Pay Attention!

California has new reporting rules coming out January 1. Well okay, they are out, but, they enact January 1 of 2021.

Here is the link to where they have the info: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/AB6852020FAQs.html

The bill itself was AB685 – Changes to current rules include:

  • Orders Prohibiting Use (OPU): Cal/OSHA can issue an OPU to shut down an entire worksite or a specific worksite area that exposes employees to an imminent hazard related to COVID-19.
  • Citations for serious violations: Cal/OSHA can issue citations for serious violations related to COVID-19 without giving employers 15-day notice before issuance.
  • Employers are now required to notify all employees at a worksite of potential exposures, COVID-19-related benefits and protections, and disinfection and safety measures that will be taken at the worksite in response to the potential exposure.
  • Employers are now required to notify local public health agencies of all workplace outbreaks, which are defined as three or more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees who live in different households within a two-week period.

Here is the actual bill:

CALOSHA – Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks from CalOSHA.  Not as many as I would have thought…

Click links below for documents:

Toolbox Talk – Ergonomic Survival Guide for Cement Masons

Toolbox Talk – High Voltage Overhead Lines

Toolbox Talk – Lockout Blockout

Toolbox Talk – Power Press Safety

Toolbox Talk – Roofing Safety Slips & Falls

Toolbox Talk – Servicing Single, Split Rim & Multi-Piece Rim Wheel

Toolbox Talk – Setting Up A Tailgate Toolbox Safety Meeting

Toolbox Talk – Trenching Safety

CalOSHA – Ergonomics Guides

Again, I had a request for CalOSHA materials – so here is what they have on ergonomics:

Click links below for documents:

Ergonomics for Carpenters and Framers – English

Ergonomics for Carpenters and Framers – Spanish

Ergonomics for Concrete Masons – English

Ergonomics for Concrete Masons – Spanish

Ergonomics for Electricians – English

Ergonomics for Electricians – Spanish

Ergonomics Guide – Comprehensive

Ergonomics Guide – Manual Material Handling – English

Ergonomics Guide – Non-Powered Tools – English

Ergonomics Guide – Non-Powered Tools – Spanish

CalOSHA – Scaffold Guides and Confined Spaces

I had a request for CalOSHA Stuff, so I looked around and sure enough – there is a good amount.  For Non-California viewers and international types (you know who you are) – The USA has the federal OSHA, but the states can opt out of the federal OSHA plan as long as their regulations are as strong, or stronger, than the federal OSHA.  Hence, this stuff is at least as good as what OSHA requires.

Below are materials on scaffolds:

Click links below for documents:

Confined Space – Hazard Overview

Confined Space – Is it Safe to Enter

Confined Space – Overview Presentation

Keys to Success and Safety for the Construction Foreman

Scaffolds – Guide for Safe Use of Supported Scaffolds

Ergonomics Guide – Non-Powered Tools – English and Spanish

Very interesting guide by CalOSHA on selecting non-powered tools and considering ergonomics. This guide includes handles, grip, motion, and a range of other factors.

 

Think hard about this guide – we focus on powered tools, vibration, torque, and other factors, but for using non-powered tools requires all manual power.  Think about assembling something from IKEA with standard screw drivers – then, multiply that by 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.  Yes, that bad.

 

Click below for documents:

 

Ergonomics Guide – Non-Powered Tools – Spanish

 

Ergonomics Guide – Non-Powered Tools – English