Category Archives: Cal-OSHA

Confusion About OSHA During the Shutdown

Under OSHA’s Contingency Plan, all but approximately 10% of its employees are furloughed.  If one calls an Area Office, you’ll encounter an Area Director and perhaps an Assistant Area Director, who will respond to workplace fatalities or complaints of situations … Continue reading

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More On Ellen Widess’ Resignation as Cal-OSHA Head

Yesterday, we broke the news on our Fisher & Phillips LLP Workplace Safety Blog that  Ellen Widess had abruptly resigned as head of Cal-OSHA.  We reported: September 4, 2013 08:57 by Howard Mavity I just learned from Fred Walter at … Continue reading

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Compactors In Retail Settings Can Be Deadly.

OSHA regularly cites retail employers for violations relating to their compactors and balers, many of which are old and ill-maintained.  I wish that we could say that deaths involving store contractors are rare, but that would not be true.  Please … Continue reading

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More Negative Developments in State OSHA Plans.

While non-Californians understandably view the California legal system as more complicated and punitive, until recently, upper leadership and a lack of money made Cal-OSHA more reasonable than its written rules suggested.  However, Fed-OSHA has continued to push State OSHA Plans … Continue reading

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