In January 2017, federal OSHA implemented a requirement that all employers in states regulated by Fed-OSHA participate in an annual electronic filing process to better track injury and illness data. Initially, employers in states (like California) who participated in a state-sponsored OSHA plan in lieu of Fed-OSHA were indicated to be exempt from the filing requirement unless the individual state adopted the requirement. However, on April 30, 2018, the U.S.

With spring in full swing and summer only a few months away, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers to take the necessary steps to ensure their employees are protected during heat waves. Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the country, so preventing heat-related illnesses is crucial.

Here are some recommendations for employers:

With the Southern California wildfires still raging, Cal/OSHA issued an advisory providing updated guidance to employers with outdoor workers who may be exposed to wildfire smoke.

The advisory states: When outdoor workers are exposed to air quality that is designated “Unhealthy”, “Very Unhealthy” or “Hazardous” by local air quality management districts, employers are required to provide filtering respirators such as masks labeled N95 and certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Jason Resnick

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