Safety Issues

Spring 2009: Flu and the Workplace

Flu and the Workplace Download This Issue in .pdf Format The outbreak of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, has raised a number of questions with regard to the workplace. Some of these concerns are addressed here. What can I do to protect my employees? It is most important for all individuals to use common sense and follow general guidelines for hygiene. Remind employees to wash their hands often and thoroughly and to cover coughs. If the work environment allows for it, you should have your employees avoid close contact with one another. You can also provide employees with masks or respirators, although this is not currently required. Encourage employees to stay home if they have the flu or have been exposed to it. [Requiring employees to do so is discussed below.] You may want to make your attendance policies more flexible, at least temporarily, so that employees ... Read More


Download This Issue in .pdf Format The following is a summary of the changes in Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Regulations which are effective May 1, 2015. The Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard applies to all outdoor places of employment. Additional high heat procedure requirements are imposed on employers in certain industries. The Heat Illness Prevention Plan (if required) in your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) must be updated to reflect these changes. Water must be “fresh, pure, suitably cool and provided to employees free of charge” and is to be located “as close as practicable to the areas where employees are working.” The trigger temperature for shade to be provided has been reduced to 80º F. The shade that must be provided should “not deter or discourage access or use.” There must be enough shade for the number of employees who may be on a rest break, recovery period or ... Read More