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Club about the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California, better known as “Cal/OSHA” which is working to assure the employees have a safe and healthful workplace

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  2. Whether you work in the medical field, a theme park, or perform manual labor or construction, there are many reasons to take a California OSHA training course. You may not be required to take one for your current job, but having an OSHA card is an asset to those working in any industry and to have on your resume. OSHA Courses Online OSHA training makes it easier for workers to get training fast and efficiently. While classroom courses are offered throughout the state, online OSHA hazard recognition training guarantees high-quality, interactive education for every student, with downloadable lesson reviews, course trainer access, and 24/7 live customer support. These courses are offered through the American Safety Council and can be completed on your time, stopped and resumed as often as you want. Choose from the courses below to learn more about OSHA training available for your area. What You Get Instant Downloadable Certificate Completion Certificate and Wallet Card Email Access to OSHA-Authorized Course Trainer Money-Back Guarantee California Labor Laws The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly called Cal/OSHA, covers almost all public and private-sector employees, with a few exceptions for employees involved with the federal government in a variety of ways, the United States Postal Service, employees on Native American lands, and workers in maritime activities on navigable waterways. These are some of the many diverse sectors that Cal/OSHA oversees to ensure public safety: Elevators Amusement rides Ski lifts Pressure vessels, like boilers and tanks One of the main features for Cal/OSHA is their partnership program, which was the first of its kind in the nation. Recognizing they can't ensure worker safety and health standards all on their own, they offer various partnership opportunities for industry and labor to work together in a cooperative attempt to benefit everyone. Featured Cal/OSHA safety programs include the following: Ebola Virus Information Adult Film Industry Heat Illness Prevention Confined Space Safety Safe Patient Handling Partnerships to improve workplace safety Work-related Valley Fever Advice
  3. Employee Rights to Documents and Records You have the right to receive copies of written information about hazards in your workplace. Exposure Records and Medical Records: You may access exposure records that show your own exposure to toxic substances and harmful physical agents as well as exposures to other employees doing similar work. Your employer must provide you the records within 15 days after receiving your written request. Exposure records include environmental workplace monitoring, biological monitoring results, and safety data sheets. You may access medical records if you are the subject of the records or have the subject’s written consent. Medical records include medical questionnaires and histories, examination results, medical opinions and diagnoses, descriptions of treatment and prescriptions, first aid reports, and employee medical complaints. Safety Data Sheets: These sheets contain information about hazardous chemicals in your workplace. Your employer must keep these sheets readily accessible and must provide them to you upon request. Electronic access is allowed as long as there are no barriers to immediate access. Records of Occupational Injury or Illness: You have the right to receive copies of the following records: Log of WorkRelated Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300); Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A); and Injury and Illness Incident Report (Form 301) describing an injury or illness that happened to you. In most industries, your employer must provide you copies by the end of the next business day. Written Health and Safety Plans: You have the right to review your employer’s written plans for certain Cal/ OSHA-required programs, such as hazard communication, respiratory protection, and permit-required confined space entry procedures.
  4. Requirements for an employer’s injury and illness prevention program All California employers must create and carry out an effective program to meet the requirements of Cal/OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) regulation. The employer’s IIPP must be in writing and must specify in concrete terms the employer’s ongoing activities in each of the following areas: • Responsibility: Name or job title of the person or persons authorized and responsible for implementing the program. • Compliance: Written system for ensuring compliance with safe and healthy work practices. • Communication: System for communicating in a form readily understandable by employees about safety and health matters. This can include meetings, trainings, postings, written communications, and a labor-management safety and health committee. Employers must encourage employees to report hazards without fear of reprisal. An employer using a labor-management committee to communicate health and safety matters with employees must meet certain requirements specified in the IIPP regulation. • Hazard Assessment: Procedures for identifying and evaluating workplace hazards, including periodic inspections. • Accident or Exposure Investigation: Procedure for investigating occupational injuries and illnesses. • Hazard Correction: Methods and procedures to correct unsafe or unhealthy working conditions in a timely manner. • Training and Instruction: Effective program for instructing employees on general safe work practices and hazards specific to each job assignment, in a language that the employees can understand. • Recordkeeping: Written documentation of the steps taken by the employer to establish and implement the IIPP. Investigation Cal/OSHA investigates complaints of hazards in different ways. Sometimes, the fastest and most effective way is for Cal/OSHA to notify the employer and require the employer to correct the hazard. Other times, Cal/OSHA conducts an on-site inspection. On-site inspection When Cal/OSHA conducts an on-site inspection, the inspector arrives without advance notice. • Upon arrival, the inspector holds an opening conference with the employer and union (if there is one) to explain the purpose of the inspection and how it will be conducted. • The inspector walks around the site, observes hazards, interviews employees and supervisors, reviews written records, and takes measurements and photographs as necessary. • A representative of the employer and a representative authorized by the employees may walk around with the inspector. • You have the right to be interviewed in private without the employer present. The Cal/OSHA inspector will make every effort to arrange for interpreter services if needed. • You may ask the inspector to give you his or her business card so you can contact the inspector away from your job. • The inspector may visit the site again to collect further information, especially if the inspector needs to speak with employees who were not available during the first visit. After the inspection: Information that Cal/OSHA collects during the inspection may show that your employer violated health and safety requirements. If this happens, one or more citations will be issued to your employer. Cal/OSHA issues citations to employers only, not to employees. If you gave your contact information when you filed the complaint, Cal/OSHA will send you a letter describing the results of the inspection. Your employer must “abate,” or correct, the violations by a specified deadline. You may contest the abatement date by filing an appeal 15 days after the citations are issued. But if the employer appeals a citation, abatement may not happen until after the appeal is resolved. You may participate in any appeal filed by the employer by filing a motion to be added as a party in the appeal process. In any case where Cal/OSHA issues citations, the employer must post in the workplace a copy of the citations, a description of how the hazards have been corrected, and a copy of any appeal that is filed. You may also call Cal/OSHA to request a copy of the results of the inspection, including any citations.
  5. Information you should provide to district office staff: • When you call Cal/OSHA, the information you provide may be critical to the success of Cal/OSHA’s investigation of the hazard. You should give the staff person the following information: • Name and address of your employer. Include the job site address if it is different from the mailing address. • Where the hazard is located at the job site. Example: “The table saw in room 12.” • When the hazardous operation or condition occurs. Example: “We use this solvent to clean every Friday afternoon.” • Description of the hazard. You do not need to know the legal requirements. You only need to state the problem. Examples: “Bad brakes on forklift,” or “no fall protection.” Right to Refuse Hazardous Work In addition to filing a complaint, you have the right to refuse hazardous work. It is illegal for your employer to punish you for refusing to perform hazardous work if both of the following are true: 1. Performing the work would violate a Cal/OSHA health or safety regulation. 2. The violation would create a “real and apparent hazard” to you or your coworkers. When these conditions are met, you have the right to refuse to perform the work. But before you refuse, you should take the following steps: • Tell your supervisor about the hazard and ask that it be corrected. • Explain that you are willing to continue working if the hazard is corrected or you are assigned other work that is safe. • State that you believe a health or safety regulation is being violated. • Contact your union shop steward, if you have one. If the problem is not fixed, call Cal/OSHA and file a complaint. Protection Against Retaliation It is also illegal for your employer to threaten, discharge, demote, or suspend you for reporting hazards to your employer, filing a complaint with Cal/OSHA, or otherwise exercising your rights to a safe and healthful workplace. If your employer discriminates or retaliates against you for exercising these rights, you have the right to file a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner, also called the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. The Labor Commissioner may be able to recover wages owed to you and help you get your job back. In most cases, you must file your complaint within six months of the retaliation. View a listing of Labor Commissioner offices and contact the office nearest your workplace.
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