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1 Cal/OSHA Consultation Service On-Site Visits
Peter Scholz, MPH, CIH Assoc. Safety Engineer Oakland Area Office

2 Cal/OSHA Consultation vs. Enforcement
Confidential (very limited exceptions) No fines or citations No cost Agreeing to fix any hazards found – that is not voluntary.

3 Example: Solar Panel Installation
Fall Protection needed over 7.5 ft. Ladders must be secured during use No carrying material up ladders Need Injury and Illness Prevention Program Need Heat Stress Program Fork lift operators need to be formally evaluated

4 Example: Soup Kitchen Train employees on disabling freezer lock
Splash goggles for handling cleaning liquids Packaging machines – finger entrapment hazards Hobart mixer unguarded Eyewash needed Secure furniture against tipping Need IIPP, and Hazard Communication Programs

5 Example: Spice Packaging
Blocked access to electrical panels Openings in electrical panels Lock-out/ tag-out procedures Review and implement IIPP Voluntary respirator use without training Secure furniture Blocked fire extinguishers Complete Log 300s

6 Example.... Exit door needs panic hardware
Liquid nitrogen tank in shipping is unsecured Ventilation in shipping room not tested annually Repair oxygen sensor Improve IIPP Recommendation: improve ergonomics of lifting sample racks from cryogenic storage tank.

7 Elements of an On-site Consultation
Preparation Opening conference Review Safety Record – Log 300, etc. Program Review Walk Around Closing Conference Report Hazard Correction

8 Review Safety Record Review Log 300s Reportable injuries Near misses
Documentation ? Duplicate injuries? What changed as result? Programs implemented? On-going major concerns/ safety focus ?

9 Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
A primary focus of Cal/OSHA Required only in CA Overall in-house safety program Includes the required elements (§3203) Tailored to the company’s safety needs Implemented and documented

10 IIPP Elements (§3203) Responsibility Employee Compliance
Safety Communication Workplace Inspection Injury and Illness Investigation Hazard Correction Training and Instruction

11 IIPP Tailored to your needs Short and to the point
Reviewed & Modified (coffee stains are a plus) Do what you say; say what you do … Concise documentation

12 Quality Safety Meetings
Required only for construction work Should be common in all businesses Good way to meet IIPP safety communication requirement Often a missed opportunity to make a real difference

13 Quality Safety Meetings
In language that can be understood Relevant to what’s happening or going to Involves employee participation Demonstration, show and tell Management follow through Rotate responsibility for leading and presenting

14 What level are you at ? “911” Safety Program
“Big Binder” Safety Program “Doing it for OSHA” Safety Program “Safety Nag” Program “Safety Culture” Program

15 Safety Culture Shared high expectations Shared sense of responsibility
Mutual accountability Shared drive to improve Shared ownership

16 Quality Safety Meetings as building Safety Culture
In language that can be understood Relevant to what’s happening or going to Involves employee participation Demonstration, show and tell Management follow through Rotate responsibility for leading and presenting

17 Other Written Safety Programs ?
Chemical Hazard Communication Emergency Medical Services (Construction) Heat Stress (Outdoor work) Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Permit-Required Confined Space Respiratory Protection Lock-out / Tag-out Procedures Aerosol Transmissible Diseases

18 Why Written Programs? A. The more safety binders, the better
B. The bigger the safety binders, the better C. I really don’t have enough to do D. It intimidates everyone else E. Cal/OSHA just loves this stuff F. All of the above

19 Why Written Programs? Written programs should ensure that:
All aspects have been thought through; Document actions are fully responsive to regulation Responsibilities have been assigned; Maintain institutional memory. They serve as the basis for employee education Documentation of implementation is just as important! Don’t descend into ‘safety binder fetishism’

20 Walk Around Inspection
Machine guarding Fall hazards Secure furniture, racks, equipment Electrical hazards Eyewash installation and flushing Personal protective equipment Compressed gas cylinders Fire extinguishers

21 Walk Around Inspection
Forklift operators Obstructed emergency exits Audit exhaust ventilation annually Dust conveying ducts – clean-out ports Chemical hazards not assessed Noise hazards not assessed First aid trained personnel

22 Resources
Or google: Cal/OSHA publications

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