All California Employers need to know about how they are required to comply with Cal/OSHA rules/regulations and guidelines. Please read this important information below to help your organization and your employees. This is a portion of an email alert from the Worker’ Comp Executive.
Emergency Preparedness: Crucial to Safety and ReputationShare:
Cal/OSHA is placing a new found emphasis on emergency preparedness plans. Failure to have a written, well thought out emergency action plan in place can cost lives, livelihoods, and even without an accident lead employers directly to huge fines from Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA issues citations for not having a written plan (Title 8, section 3220).
"In general Cal/OSHA is more concerned with written documents taking more care to ensure that employer plans are completely documented," says employer attorney Fred Walter, adding that in the past the inspector would say your plan is weak, beef it up. "Now they’re more likely to say you failed to include items six and nine therefore I’m issuing this citation."
Under the new administration Cal/OSHA is increasing its enforcement efforts against employers. Fines go to the State’s general fund.
A record of those cites goes on all employers permanent record, is available to plaintiff’s counsel and can be used in cases involving employees as evidence against employers in a 132a proceeding or other legal actions – even those not involving safety and health.
"You can’t plan for a crisis when you’re having one," Steve Gray, principal of Rockford Gray, a firm that provides executive level consulting on media training and crisis management, tells his clients. A written emergency action plan must be tested, reviewed and updated at least once a year.
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