Workplace Safety

Overview

Action on Variety of Policies Lies Ahead in 2018

Employee Access to Employer’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program

In 1998, California adopted rules (California Labor Code Section 6401.7 and Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Section 3203) for all employers to establish, implement and maintain an effective written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The program essentially creates a roadmap of how each employer will address its unique workplace hazards by outlining the employer’s steps to ensure employee safety in the workplace. Implementation of the program includes a plan for how the employer will train employees and communicate information at critical times regarding working safely.

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Goal

Advocate cost-effective and practical safety and health regulations while protecting the competitive position of California employers. Work to ensure that any new rules are feasible, based on sound science and assist the regulated community in its compliance efforts.

Regulations

Indoor Heat Illness

Coalition Comments on February 22, 2017 Discussion Draft (April 4, 2017)

Hotel Housekeeping Safety

Coalition Comments on February 23, 2016 Discussion Draft (March 22, 2016)

Major Victories

Led coalition that stopped in 2016 a job killer bill exposing employers to a private right of action related to their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (AB 2895).

Backed 2016 veto of proposal creating uncertainty and potential delays for employers seeking variances from conveyance safety standards by creating expansive new notification requirements from employers to individuals who are not employees of the employer and who may not be known to the employer, in order to solve a narrow concern with variance applications for elevators (AB 1050).

Position

CalChamber continues to advocate cost-effective and practical safety and health regulations while protecting the competitive position of California employers. We work to ensure that any new rules are feasible, based on sound science and assist the regulated community in its compliance efforts.

Specifically, CalChamber:

  • Opposes legislation providing for any further increase in Cal/OSHA mandates, fines and penalties without a showing that an increase will be a more effective deterrent to violators.
  • Opposes fees for Cal/OSHA consultations or audits.
  • Opposes legislation placing “bounty hunter” or private right of action provisions in state health and safety statutes.
  • Opposes expanded ergonomics rules at the state and federal levels.
  • Opposes burdensome or unnecessary provisions in heat illness regulations that apply to indoor workplaces.
  • Opposes efforts to undermine an employer’s ability to maintain a safe and drug-free work environment.
  • Opposes legislation that creates an opportunity for litigation regarding an employer’s efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free work environment.
  • Supports legislation that establishes a safety and health audit privilege to prevent disclosure or discovery of audits required by law.

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