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Top Cal/OSHA Violations and How to Avoid Them

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health or Cal/OSHA is responsible for enforcing workplace safety standards in the state. According to the laws of the state, all employers have to have an effective and running IIPP or Injury and Illness Prevention Program in place that can prevent health and safety issues in the workplace. This includes but is not limited to plans for workplace hazards, safety communication, and safety training programs.

Cal/OSHA violations can lead to hefty fines and penalties which can be avoided with compliance or by avoiding violations. While emergency situations can be difficult to manage, they can be prevented if employees are trained to be prepared for them or to mitigate them.

What are Cal/OSHA Standards?

Cal/OSHA standards are regulations that are applicable on all employers, and which detail what they should do to ensure their workers are protected against workplace hazards. Some standards are suitable for all types of workplaces.

These include general ones, such as IIPP or Injury and Illness Prevention Program and Hazard Communication regulations. Others address specific hazards such as Fall Protection, and Lead or Asbestos Poisoning among others.

Specific regulations include in-depth regulations that have to be met or employers have to ensure they meet minimum protection requirements for them. According to Cal/OSHA, these cover a variety of safety issues in a workplace, such as:

  • Hazardous equipment
  • Toxic substances or waste
  • Falling hazards
  • Confined spaces
  • Electrical hazards
  • Trenches
  • Ergonomics
  • Respirator usage
  • Machine hazards
  • How employers can prevent violations under Cal/OSHA

Violations for all of the abovementioned hazards can be avoided if employers:

  • Provide their workers with a workplace environment that is safe and healthy
  • Take care of hazardous work conditions that may result in injuries
  • Comply with all Cal/OSHA standards that are applicable to the business, including training requirements. This includes providing appropriate training and information regarding the chemicals that are stored in the workplace in words and manner that workers can understand easily.
  • Inform the Cal/OSHA regulatory office of any injury or death that occurred on the job and/or by the job. This includes serious illnesses caused by exposure to any workplace hazard, such as toxic substances. In addition, if more than 3 workers are hospitalized as a result of a workplace hazard, the office should be notified immediately.
  • Display Safety and Health Protection on the Job posters to workers so that they remain aware of their rights and responsibilities in the workplace at all times.

Failure to comply with the abovementioned regulations can result in hefty criminal charges, and even jail time.

Benefits of Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Service

Cal/OSHA also provides a consultation service that employers can use to create appropriate health and safety programs for employees. The service includes publications, educational seminars, and site visits along with helpful advice that can aid businesses in complying with safety standards.

Even though the service is meant for employers, it is also beneficial for employees since it gives the former information on improving IIPPs. In addition, employers are also encouraged to join the VPP or Voluntary Protection Program which recognizes effective health and safety programs that meet certain criterion.

The consultation service is not part of the enforcement unit of Cal/OSHA which means consultants do not have the authority to conduct inspections or give out fines. Their communication with employers is classified, and the information is not shared even with enforcers. However, this does not mean that employers can delay corrective action on safety and health issues identified by the consultants.  They have to agree to make changes within a specific amount of time to avoid fines.

10 Hour Cal/OSHA Training by 360Training.com

Cal/OSHA fines and penalties can prove heavy on the pocket and drain available finances faster than they can be replenished. Prevent that from happening to your business by signing up for the 10 hour Cal/OSHA training by 360Training.com. The course explains all of the Cal/OSHA standards for common workplace hazards.

This also includes legal provisions as per the OSHA act for the prevention and elimination of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Students will also learn about the rights and responsibilities of workers when it comes to inspections, and reporting and recording information on accidents according to the law. Sign up for the course today.

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