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Employers with 11 or more employees, excluding some low-hazard establishments in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors, must keep an OSHA log. The Log includes work-related injuries and illnesses for the previous calendar year. If you are unsure whether your business fits these criteria, use our Contact us page to locate a local Risk Management Consultant for help.
Our Risk Management Rx (RMRx) Safety Advisor product will create the OSHA 300 Log for you whenever needed - just record incidents in RMRx throughout the year.
February 1 begins the three-month posting period for employers' summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses for the previous calendar year.
Starting February 1 and ending April 30, employers must post the Cal/OSHA Form 300A in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees customarily are posted. Employers with no injuries or illnesses should post the 300A with zeros through the total lines.
A serious injury or illness is defined in section 330(h), Title 8, California Administrative Code.
A serious injury or illness means any injury or illness occurring at work or in connection to work which requires inpatient hospitalization for more than 24 hours (other than for medical observation) or in which an employee suffers a loss of any member of the body or suffers any serious degree of permanent disfigurement.
Immediately report these to the nearest District Office of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
This means as soon as practically possible once you know or would have known about the incident, but no longer than 8 hours. If exigent circumstances exist, the time frame for the report may be extended.
To request a workplace ergonomic evaluation, call your Risk Management Consultant or Contact Us.
A (human) bloodborne pathogen is a microorganism (bacteria, virus, etc.) that lives in the bloodstream and can cause disease in humans.
The blood borne pathogen standard was put into effect by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and was designed to eliminate or minimize occupational exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other blood borne pathogens.
Emergency eyewash stations are required within 100 feet (10 seconds) of a direct line of travel from areas where corrosive chemicals are stored or used. Inspect the station monthly and flush it weekly if plumbed into the water system. Do not use one pint or one quart eyewash bottles for first aid use with corrosive chemical exposure.
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is designed to provide employees and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance.
MSDS's include information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures. These are useful if a spill or other accident occurs.
Our Risk Management Rx (RMRx) Safety Advisor system has an MSDS Management tool that will help you organize and save time tracking this information.
MSDS's are meant for:
MSDS reflect the hazards of working with the material in an occupational fashion. For example, an MSDS for paint is not highly pertinent to someone who uses a can of paint once a year, but is extremely important to someone who does this in a confined space 40 hours a week.
Employers must ensure that each hazardous chemical container in their workplace is labeled, tagged, or marked with the identity of the hazardous chemical and the appropriate hazard warning.
Existing labels on incoming containers of hazardous chemicals must be preserved and maintained unless the employer replaces the label immediately with the required information. Labels must be prominently displayed, legible, and in English. Required information in other languages may be added to the label as long as it is presented in English as well.
An emergency action plan covers designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure employee safety from fire and other emergencies.
At the minimum, the following: