New Law AB 1897: Bill bolsters protections for temp, subcontracted workers

Last September, California’s governor signed a landmark bill into law that will hold companies liable for the safety and wage violations committed to their subcontractors and temporary workers by their labor contractors. Following the passage of Assembly Bill 1897 (AB 1897), companies can now face fines if the subcontractors or staffing firms they hire from abuse […]

PPE Fundamentals No. 3: A closer look at eye and face protection

Every day, there are roughly 2,000 job-related eye injuries in the U.S. that require medical treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that eye injuries cost the nation’s employers roughly $300 million annually.  Many of these injuries happen to employees wearing ill-fitting eye protection or no protection at […]

PPE Fundamentals No. 2: Protecting arms, hands and finger

Fingers, hands and arms are susceptible to many dangers in the workplace, including: chemical or thermal burns absorption of harmful substances risks from falling objects electrical shock cuts, blisters, and bruises; and fractures, lacerations and amputations. Here are a few recent OSHA citations that stemmed from improper hand and arm PPE procedures: In June 2014, a worker’s […]

PPE Fundamentals No. 1: Selecting PPE & training workers in proper use

If a job safety analysis determines potential on-the-job hazards cannot be eliminated with engineering controls (for example, a barrier or guard between a hazard and a worker), or training, permit or administrative controls (modifying the way workers perform their job), per OSHA’s 29 CFR 1926.95 PPE requirement, employers must “ensure that appropriate PPE is provided, effectively […]