OSHA News


Improved Safety at Chevron Refinery

OAKLAND, CA – Cal/OSHA and Chevron have reached a settlement agreement for a comprehensive plan that will improve safety at the Chevron Richmond refinery and for surrounding communities. The agreement meets and exceeds California’s landmark regulation to reduce risk at refineries, which was approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board in May and Read the full article…


Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

An unexpected release of hazardous substances, or a substantial threat of a hazardous substance release, can pose a significant health and safety risk to workers.Unexpected releases can be caused by operation failures and unrelated outside events (e.g., natural disasters, terrorism). Workers can encounter hazardous substances through waste dumped in the Read the full article…


Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are monitoring the Zika virus outbreak impacting the U.S. states and territories, Central and South America, Mexico, and parts of the Caribbean. For the most up-to-date information, check the Centers for Disease Control Read the full article…


Window Cleaning Association Creates Safety Guide for Workers

Through its alliance with OSHA, the International Window Cleaning Association has developed an online field guide for protecting the safety and health of window cleaners. The mobile-friendly guide offers best practices on identifying and avoiding fall, chemical, electrical and other hazards workers face on the job. Employers must develop and provide Read the full article…


OSHA Proposes Modifications to Beryllium Standards Rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a proposed rule that would modify the agency’s recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. Representatives of the shipyards and construction industries, as well as members of Congress, raised concerns that they had not had a meaningful opportunity Read the full article…


California Lab Certified NRTL

Bay Area Compliance Laboratories Corp. (BACL) has received OSHA recognition as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). This means the Sunnyvale, California company is trusted to test specific products to ensure they meet the construction and general industry OSHA electrical standards for safety. Each NRTL uses its own, unique, registered Read the full article…


Cal/OSHA Cites Explosives Manufacturer for Workplace Explosion

Hollister—Cal/OSHA has cited explosives manufacturer Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company $293,235 for multiple serious and willful accident-related workplace safety violations following an investigation of an explosion in Hollister that seriously injured a worker. On December 1, 2016, a technician was preparing explosives in metal tubing, known as Small Column Insulated Read the full article…