Service professions are prevalent throughout Southern California, from wait staff jobs and healthcare workers to housekeeping. Unfortunately, service industry professionals are often disproportionately affected by on-the-job injuries, due to the physical nature of their work.
Anyone in California who works around machinery likely knows what pinch points or nip points are: the spaces in machinery where a worker is liable to get caught. Pinch points are found in power presses, conveyors, powered doors and hatches, plastic-molding machines and metal-forming machines. They are in any machine that has gears, rollers, belt drives or pulleys. OSHA has engineering and work practice controls to protect workers against them.
As part of its Temporary Worker Initiative, OSHA has released bulletins on the various respiratory and noise hazards that temp workers face. The bulletins state that staffing agencies and host employers share the responsibility of protecting temp workers from these hazards. Employers in California will want to know what these bulletins say regarding their responsibilities.
Highway workers at California face a number of risks on the job that are highlighted each year during Safe+Sound Week, a project of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In the year 2016 alone, 69 highway workers were killed and 10,700 injured out of a total of 319,300 employed in the industry. The week draws attention to ways in which management, workers and others on the job, including government, can reduce the risk of workplace accidents and injuries.
Employers in California and throughout the country had until July 1 to electronically submit OSHA Form 300 and OSHA Form 301. However, OSHA has announced that the deadline will not be enforced in 2018, and it also announced that the filing date for 2019 would be March 2. After submitting the forms, they are published on OSHA's website with sensitive employee information redacted to protect worker privacy.
Workers in California who risk exposure to respirable crystalline silica should know that OSHA, as of July 23, is enforcing compliance with its Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for both maritime and general industries. That date signaled the end of a one-month delay where OSHA provided compliance assistance to employers in good faith. Now, employers who violate the standards will pay a penalty and be put on OSHA's violator list.