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Worker Health & Safety in California: Regulatory Updates

Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment: Last month, Cal/OSHA held a third Advisory Committee meeting to discuss draft language for the Indoor Heat Standard mandated by SB 1167. The meeting was well attended by labor groups as well as industry reps. The Warehouse Workers Resource Center (WWRC) came up from the Inland Empire to speak on behalf warehouse workers. Other groups present included janitors from the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF), workers from the Teamsters, reps from the Communication Workers of America (CWA), workers with EBASE, and the California Labor Federation. Worksafe is currently coordinating a stakeholder effort to ensure that labor voices are heard on the Indoor Heat Standard. Click here to learn more.

Workplace Violence - General Industry Standard: Also last month, Cal/OSHA convened a second Advisory Committee meeting to discuss draft language for the workplace violence prevention - general industry standard. This standard would apply to all industries and create important safeguards to help reduce and prevent the harm caused by workplace violence. The current draft concerns us and our allies because its does not require an employer to maintain a violent incident log, assess environmental risk factors and work practice controls, assess the workplace violence prevention plan, or meaningfully involve workers in the plan. Worksafe is mobilizing allies to submit comments, which are due on March 30th, so contact us to get involved. Read the latest draft here.

Injury and Illness Prevention Programs: Cal/OSHA recently convened its first Advisory Committee meeting to draft language amending the requirements for an employer's Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) to include employee access to the plan. The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation pushed hard last year for legislation that would require employers to provide a copy of the IIPP to employees or their representatives upon request, but industry maneuvering diverted their efforts into the rulemaking process. Issues discussed at the meeting included the form in which the IIPP could be provided (electronic (email or online posting), paper or both), access during working hours, time limits for providing the document, who could request a copy of the IIPP on the employee's behalf, and a discussion of what records and documents constitute the IIPP. Standards Board staff is drafting proposed language based on our discussion for the committee to review.