Cal/OSHA "What's New" Archive


October 2017

October 13, 2017 Cal/OSHA Issues Advisory for Worker Safety in Wildfire Regions
October 9, 2017 Cal/OSHA Encourages Employers and Workers to Protect Against Exposure to Hepatitis A Virus

August 2017

August 25, 2017 California High Heat Advisory: Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers Shade Must Be Made Available for Outdoor Workers
August 4, 2017 New Regulations Improve Safety at Oil Refineries
August 1, 2017 Cal/OSHA Approves Reopening of Three “Revolution” Type Rides in California
August 1, 2017 Cal/OSHA Stresses Importance of Monitoring Workers, Recognizing Early Symptoms of Heat Illness as Central Valley Swelters

July 2017

July 31, 2017 Cal/OSHA Cites Aircraft Parts Manufacturer for Willfully Failing to Notify Workers of Their Exposures to Chromium-6
July 27, 2017 Cal/OSHA Issues Statement on Ohio Amusement Ride Accident: All Fire Ball Rides in California Have Been Voluntarily Shut Down
July 24, 2017 Cal/OSHA and Chevron Reach Settlement of Citations Appeal Following the August 2012 Richmond Refinery Fire
Agreement includes provisions to replace piping, institute innovative safeguards

June 2017

June 21, 2017 Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers with Outdoor Workers that Fresh Water Must be Provided to Prevent Heat Illness
June 19, 2017 Cal/OSHA Cites Explosives Manufacturer for Workplace Explosion that Caused Serious Injuries
June 15, 2017 Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers with Outdoor Workers to Protect Them from Heat Illness as Temperatures Rise Around California

May 2017

May 19, 2017 Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Prepare For Sizzling Temperatures
May 18, 2017 Landmark Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Approved to Reduce Risk of Major Incidents at Oil Refineries in California
May 9, 2017 Cal/OSHA Cites Two Employers for Fatal Drainage Shaft Accident

April 2017

April 28, 2017 DIR Honors Workers' Memorial Day
April 27, 2017 Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness
April 17, 2017 Cal/OSHA Cites Building Supply Company for Fatal Forklift Accident

March 2017

March 27, 2017 Staffing Firm Found Responsible in Warehouse Carbon Monoxide Exposure Incident that Sent Workers to Hospital
February 10, 2017 Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries
February 10, 2017 Refinery Safety Training Requirements (SB 54) Meeting Notice
January 11, 2017 Cal/OSHA Investigates Four Recent Tree Trimming Deaths, Announces Safety Campaign


December 16, 2016 Department of Industrial Relations Reports 2015 Fatal Occupational Injuries
November 17, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Solar Panel Installers for Willful Failure to Protect Employee from 29-Foot Fall
November 10, 2016 Findings from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California, 2015
November 9, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Roofing Company after Preventable Tanker Explosion Burns Two Workers
October 27, 2016 California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Remain Stable for 2015
September 14, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Company Operating 1,500-Foot-Long Zip Lines with No Emergency Brakes Following Serious Rider Injuries
August 23, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Metal Processing Company after Preventable Accident Asphyxiates Worker
August 1, 2016 Cal/OSHA Chief Issues Statement on Farmworker Death
July 14, 2016 California Announces Major Regulatory Proposal to Improve Safety at Oil Refineries
June 17, 2016 Cal/OSHA Issues Extreme Heat Advisory
June 1, 2016 Cal/OSHA Issues Statewide High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Soar
May 25, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Agricultural Firm after Explosion Kills Worker, Burns Resident and Home
May 3, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Adult Film Producer for Condom Law Violations, Exposing Employees to Infectious Materials
April 28, 2016 DIR Honors Workers' Memorial Day and Cal/OSHA's Commitment to Workplace Safety
April 21, 2016 Department of Industrial Relations Reports 2014 Fatal Occupational Injuries
April 21, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Tree Service Company for Fatal Safety Breach
April 21, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Taylor Farms, Temporary Employment Agencies for October Chemical Release
April 13, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Santa Barbara Employer $72,735 for Violating Stop-Work Order on Scaffold and Unreported Serious Injuries
April 11, 2016 Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers from Record-Breaking Heat Wave
March 16, 2016 Department of Industrial Relations Issues Statement on RAND Analysis of Proposed Refinery Regulations
March 9, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites and Fines Adult Film Producer James Deen Productions for Violating Condom and Safety Laws
March 4, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites ExxonMobil for Failing to Repair Equipment that Exposed Workers to Dangerous Chemical Leaks
March 2, 2016 Labor Enforcement Task Force Cites Three Companies in San Diego County for Workplace Hazards, Labor Law Violations
February 19, 2016 Cal/OSHA Warns Condom Use Required in Adult Films
January 26, 2016 Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries
January 25, 2016 Cal/OSHA Cites Two Employers for Serious Meat-Grinder Accident


December 29, 2015 Father And Son Convicted Of $300,000 Embezzling Of Employee Wages On Public Works Project
December 29, 2015 Governor Brown Appoints Two New Cal/OSHA Deputy Chiefs
December 21, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Northridge Hospital for Exposing Employees to Serious Injuries, Including Sharps Violations
December 18, 2015 Cal/OSHA Updates Construction Pocket Safety Guide to Promote Safety and Compliance in the Industry
December 14, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites California's Great America $70,200 for Roller Coaster Accident
December 9, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Poway Energy Technology Company $58,025 for Industrial Flywheel Explosion that Injured Four Workers
December 7, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Employer for Electrocution Fatality and Serious Injury
December 3, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Kaiser $149,900 for Exposing Employees to Infectious Disease: Collection Box for Used Needles Frequently Overflowed
December 2, 2015 Findings from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California, 2014
November 20, 2015 California Work-related Injury and Illness Rate Lowest in 13 Years
November 2, 2015 Cal/OSHA Wins Unprecedented Decision in Case Protecting Workers from Indoor Heat
October 15, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Two Employers More Than $300,000 for Exposing Workers to Cave-In Hazards after Stop-Work Order Issued
September 25, 2015 Cal/OSHA criminal investigation into deadly fall of construction worker leads to manslaughter charges against owner and foreman
September 17, 2015 Preliminary Data on Workplace Fatalities in California Reflect Downward Trend
September 10, 2015 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory for California as Temperatures Soar
August 13, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites ExxonMobil $566,600 for Torrance Refinery Explosion
August 3, 2015 Cal/OSHA Criminal Investigation of Worker's Cave-in Death Results in Prison Term for Construction Company Owner and Project Manager
July 15, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Construction Company in Fatal Steel Pipe Accident
July 1, 2015 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory for Sacramento Valley, Northern California as Temperatures Rise
June 30, 2015 New Cal/OSHA Educational Materials for Workers and Employers Now Available Online
June 23, 2015 Senate Unanimously Confirms Juliann Sum as Chief of Cal/OSHA, Art Carter as Chair of OSH Appeals Board
June 16, 2015 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise across the State
May 20, 2015 Cal/OSHA Finds Employer at Fault in Window Washer's Fall
May 13, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies for Lack of Safeguards Resulting in Accidental Amputation
April 28, 2015 National Safety Stand-Down for Fall Protection
April 28, 2015 DIR Commemorates Workers' Memorial Day, Recommits to Improving Workplace Safety in California
April 7, 2015 Cal/OSHA Amended Heat Safety Regulations in Effect May 1
April 6, 2015 DIR Releases Status Report on Process Safety Management Oversight of California's Petroleum Refineries
March 30, 2015 Cal/OSHA Urges Employers with Outdoor Workers to Prepare for Heat Season Now
March 23, 2015 Cal/OSHA has posted guidance on the new heat illness prevention requirements for outdoor worksites
March 16, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cautions Employers to Avoid Using Non-Conforming Steam Boilers
March 2, 2015 Cal/OSHA Announces Safety Awareness Campaign for Roofers
February 3, 2015 California Labor Agency, DIR and Cal/OSHA Host the OSHA State Plan Meeting in Oakland
January 29, 2015 Cal/OSHA Reminds California Employers to Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries
January 15, 2015 Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies for Electrocution Fatalities Resulting from Lack of Precautions


December 12, 2014 Cal/OSHA Marks 40 years of Worker Health and Safety in California
December 3, 2014 Governor Brown Appoints Juliann Sum Cal/OSHA Chief
November 20, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Disney Construction for 2 Worker Fatalities: Faulty Equipment, Untrained Staff Caused Deaths at Job Site
November 14, 2014 Cal/OSHA Updates its Guidance for Protecting Workers in Inpatient Health Care Settings from Ebola
November 14, 2014 Update image Ebola Virus Information
November 10, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Fuel Distributor Nearly $100,000 after Fatal Explosion
October 24, 2014 University of California Medical Centers Identified as Priority Hospitals to Treat Confirmed Ebola Cases
October 17, 2014 Cal/OSHA Releases Guidance for Protecting Health Care Workers from Ebola
October 2, 2014 Cal/OSHA Helps Firefighters Execute High-Rise Rescue:
Window Washers Brought to Safety after Getting Stuck on 18th Floor
October 2, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across State Starting Today
September 11, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Heat Wave Arrives in Southern California
September 10, 2014 DIR Advisory Committee Meeting to Focus on Refinery Safety
August 28, 2014 Task Force Targets Construction Sites that Commit Wage Theft, Put Workers at Risk
August 20, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Menzies Aviation for LAX Worker Fatality: Investigation Determines Menzies' Flawed Safety Policy Discouraged Employee Seatbelt Use, Led To Death of a Worker at Los Angeles International Airport
July 24, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Warehouse Company over $300,000 for Failing to Correct Serious Hazards at its Mira Loma Facility
June 26, 2014 Cal/OSHA Cites Shar-Craft Inc. $82,090 for Accident in Confined Tank Space That Seriously Injured Worker
May 27, 2014 Cal/OSHA Targets Construction Sites for Safety Rules Compliance
May 13, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory to Employers with Outdoor Workers
April 30, 2014 Cal/OSHA Issues First High Heat Advisory of 2014 as Temperatures Rise Across the State
April 28, 2014 DIR Commemorates Workers' Memorial Day
April 22, 2014 Cal/OSHA Fines Butler Amusements over $100,000 for Willful Violations at Big Fresno Fair
April 17, 2014 Cal/OSHA Fines BART $210,000 in 2013 Accident that Killed 2 Transit Workers
April 14, 2014 Cal/OSHA Fines Real Estate Company Three Frogs, Inc. over $91,000 Following Tree-Trimming Fatality
March 25, 2014 Cal/OSHA Launches 2014 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
March 25, 2014 Notice of Advisory Meeting for Mining Safety Order Proposals - 04/10/2014
March 14, 2014 California employers to post annual work-related injury and illness summary
February 13, 2014 Final Refinery Safety Report Calls for Greater Collaboration and Oversight to Protect the Public and Employees
February 5, 2014 Notice of Repeat Violation Advisory Meeting - 03/13/2014
February 3, 2014 Judge Upholds Cal/OSHA Enforcement of Worker Protection Laws for Adult Film Performers
January 29, 2014 OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-017 & Inspection Procedures for Isocyanates
January 24, 2014 Required inspections and equipment requirements - Update of October 30, 2013 Notice
January 15, 2014 Notice of Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Programs - 2/3/2014 Advisory Meeting
January 6, 2014 Notice of Cal/OSHA Hotel and Hospitality Housekeeping - 2/27/14 Advisory Meeting


December 20, 2013 Notice of Zip Line Advisory Meeting
December 20, 2013 Cal/OSHA Issues Notice, Schedules Public Hearing on Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
October 31, 2013 Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers of Risks of Valley Fever, Urges Employers to Take Preventative Measures
October 15, 2013 Cal/OSHA and UC Berkeley offer workplace safety training for small businesses
October 11, 2013 Cal/OSHA Issues Notice of Proposed Emergency Regulatory Action for Process Safety Management (PSM) Program Assessment
September 18, 2013 Cal/OSHA joins Federal OSHA in Reminding Agricultural Employers of Hazards in Grain Handling and Confined Spaces
September 17, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Los Angeles Engineering, Inc. Over $100,000 Following Fatal Trench Collapse
--- Cal/VPP Workshop: A Guide to Safety Excellence
July 11, 2013 Draft state report outlines steps to improve safety at California’s oil refineries
September 23, 2013 Cal/OSHA, Labor and Management Offer Safety Workshop October 2-3
September 10, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Henkel over $200,000 Following Death of Temporary Worker
September 4, 2013 Juliann Sum Named Acting Chief of Cal/OSHA
September 3, 2013 DIR Launches Roofing Compliance Working Group
August 30, 2013 High Heat Advisory: Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers of Continuing High Temperatures in Central Valley, Southern California
July 3, 2013 Cal/OSHA Announces Improvements to its Payment System for Pressure Vessel, Amusement Ride and Tramway Permits
July 3, 2013 High Heat Advisory: Cal/OSHA Cautions Employers of Increased Risks as Heat Wave Continues in Central Valley, Southern California
June 28, 2013 High Heat Advisory: Cal/OSHA Stresses Importance of Taking Precautions to Prevent Heat Illnesses
June 27, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Employers for Worker's Death in Confined Space
June 26, 2013 Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers of Heat Illness Risks
June 21, 2013 Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on California's Heat Illness Prevention Standard Monday, July 8 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Oakland
May 31, 2013 Heat Illness Prevention Network Conference Call, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11 a.m.
May. 24, 2013 PHMSA Emergency Recall Order- Non-metallic LPG Cylinders Manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Co.
April 4, 2013 Cal/OSHA Launches 2013 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
- - - Free Heat Illness Prevention Training Sessions
March 15, 2013 Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Temperatures Rise Across the State
February 21, 2013 US Labor Department's OSHA concludes fatality investigation at San Francisco VA Medical Center research laboratory, issues violation notices
February 13, 2013 In Cooperation with Cal/OSHA, CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture and Fire; Extensive Sulfidation Corrosion Noted
February 1, 2013 California employers to post annual work-related injury and illness summary
January 30, 2013 Cal/OSHA Cites Chevron Nearly $1 Million for Richmond Refinery Fire
Imposes Highest Penalties Allowed Under State Law
- - - Hazard Alert - Ammonia Safety in Wineries:EnglishSpanish
- - - Webcast on AB 2774: The IFs, the ANDs and the BUTs


- - - Protection from Noise in the Workplace
- - - Facts About Formaldehyde in Hair Smoothing Products
- - - Communicating Workplace Hazards to Employees
April 4, 2012 Cal/OSHA joins agricultural groups to launch training on Heat Illness Prevention
March 8, 2012 Watch the recorded webinar “Introduction to Confined Space Hazards” – Feb. 23, 2012
Download the Webinar slides (Powerpoint and PDF)
- - - OSHA Respiratory Protection Videos
NOTE: (1) the videos provided in the following link reference Federal OSHA regulations. Please reference Title 8 CCR Section 5144 for Cal/OSHA specific requirements;
NOTE: (2) Reference Title 8 CCR Section 1530.1 regarding the prohibition of cutting, grinding, sanding concrete or masonry materials without wet or local exhaust controls.
- - - Confined Space Hazard Alert Acrobat
- - - Press Conference launching public awareness campaign for Confined Space Emphasis Program, Feb. 14, 2012:


May 20, 2011 Heat Illness Prevention enforcement Q&A – Spanish– updated May 20, 2011
May 20, 2011 Heat Illness Prevention Training Materials 2011
May 20, 2011 Heat Illness Prevention enforcement Q&A – updated May 20, 2011
- - - Final Performance and Evaluation Report on the Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
- - - Comprehensive Index to the Cal/OSHA Program Regulations
- - - 2010 Report to the Legislature: Targeted Heat Illness Prevention Campaign
- - - Heat Illness Prevention
- - - Heat Illness Prevention enforcement Q&A
June 14, 2011 New location for June 28 public meeting with Cal/OSHA Chief Ellen Widess to learn about Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention plans this summer
June 15, 2011 Nuevo sitio para la reunion del 28 de junio con la nueva jefa de Cal/OSHA Ellen Widess para escuchar sobre el nuevo plan para prevenir enfermedades causadas por el calor este verano


November 18, 2010 Hair Smoothing Product Safety Update (11/18/2010)
- - - Enhanced Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report-EFAME
September 27, 2010 Leadership through Innovation: California’s Occupational Safety and Health Program
- - - California Emphasis Program Report on the Refinery Industry
- - - Guide for Working Safely With Supported Scaffolds
- - - "Making the Case"A series of FREE workshops from the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board
- - - Alliance with the International Association of Foundation Drilling, West Coast Chapter (WCC-ADSC)
- - - Building Compliance & Community Alliance: Public Works Tool Kit
- - - Old Archives