Cal/OSHA Ramping up Inspections: How to Prepare

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California businesses can expect more inspections in the coming years as Cal/OSHA ramps up its personnel after its workforce was cut back as a result of the effects of the Great Recession that started in 2008. In 2015, Cal/OSHA inspections reached the highest level in five years and the number of violations cited was the most since 2008, according to the workplace safety agency. Inspectors were also writing out more serious violations – also the highest since 2008. As the agency continues to beef up its ranks of inspectors, Cal/OSHA will be able to visit more workplaces in the coming…
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Bureau Recommends 12.2% Rate Cut for 2016

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California’s workers’ compensation statistical agency will recommend that benchmark rates be reduced by an average of 12.2% for policies incepting at the start of next year. The rate filing is actually for a 0.8% reduction, but that comes after benchmark rates were cut 10.2% on July 1, so that’s why the average rate reduction for January policies is higher. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will file the recommendation with the state insurance commissioner, who has the final word on rates in California. He can either choose to approve or reject the rate, and if he does the latter he…
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Good Housekeeping Yields a Safe Workplace

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The manufacturing environment is often a busy and hectic one with high potential for injuries or accidents to occur. Good housekeeping habits can help reduce these hazards. Housekeeping is also an essential part of any effective safety program and a safe workplace can reduce the risk of injuries, which not only put employees in danger but also can affect your workers’ comp premiums as well as force you to incur other costs. Depending on the type and scope of work, it is important that you have staff to perform housekeeping duties such as picking up trash and cleaning work areas…
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