Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2017, December 2017

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released a list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year of 2017; compiled from thousands of inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, thousands of the same on-the-job hazards are cited, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

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California Requires Auto Dealers to Keep Log 300 Similar to Federal Requirements, December 2017

LOG 300, 300A & 301 REQUIRED FOR AUTO DEALERS

Background:  Cal/OSHA and Fed-OSHA now requires auto dealers and other employers to keep a record of occupational injuries and illnesses using OSHA Log 300 and post summary on employee notice board from February 1 to April 30, 2018.

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News & Views, July 2017

HFO-1234yf REFRIGERANT IS A FLAMMABLE GAS

Automobiles have been using refrigerant gases in their AC systems for decades.  The refrigerant gases have generally been inert gases, such as Freon-12 and R-134.  Recently, many auto manufacturers have started to use HFO-1234yf as the refrigerant gas in their AC systems.  This gas is expensive, about $80/lb., and the recycling machine costs another $5000.  The bigger issue is that it is a flammable gas.  Flammable gases pose special hazards and dealers should take steps to address this concern.

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Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016, October 2016

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.  One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, thousands of the same on-the-job hazards are cited, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

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Injury Log Requirements & Accident Reporting to Fed-OSHA, September 2016

LOG 300, 300A & 301 REQUIRED FOR AUTO DEALERS

Background: Cal/OSHA now requires auto dealers and other employers to keep a record of occupational injuries and illnesses using OSHA Log 300. We note that Fed-OSHA had issued these requirements to auto dealers in 2015.

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Heat Illness Prevention Program Training, May 2016

BackgroundCal/OSHA heat illness prevention regulation (T8CCR3395) became effective on May 1, 2015.  This standard applies to outdoor areas of employment.  When porters are parking cars and salespersons are showing automobiles on display to customers or taking them on test drives, they are considered to be working outdoors.  Fed-OSHA also requires that employees be trained in heat illness prevention under a general injury prevention standard.  Cal/OSHA enforcement details are at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/heatillnessqa.html.

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California Exemption to Log 300 & First Aid Kit, January 2016

CALIFORNIA LAW ON LOG 300

As of the start of 2016, the California Occupation Health & Safety Standards Board has not approved of the changes to the recordkeeping guidelines. This process can take up to six months, essentially pushing the compliance date to January 1, 2017.

In summary, auto dealers in California are currently exempt from Log 300 requirements.  See https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/DoshReg/FinalEmpRec.html.  Cal/OSHA has inspected dealers for regulatory violations and has not requested to see the Log 300 as they are exempt per state regulations.

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