Workplace Safety

Overview

California employers take the health and safety of their employees very seriously. In 2017, evolving regulatory areas will include heat illness prevention for indoor workers; workplace violence prevention; hotel housekeeping musculoskeletal injury prevention; permissible exposure levels for substances employees are exposed to in the workplace; and post-accident drug testing. Proposition 64, which legalized adult recreational use of marijuana, includes language to allow employers to continue to maintain drug-free workplaces, and continue to, or implement drug testing as allowed under current law.

Workplace Safety

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

Oppose 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.

Oppose fees for Cal/OSHA consultations or audits.

Oppose legislation placing “bounty hunter” or private right of action provisions in state health and safety statutes.

Oppose expanded ergonomics rules at the state and federal levels.

Oppose efforts to apply heat illness regulations to indoor workplaces.

Oppose efforts to undermine an employer’s ability to maintain a safe and drug-free work environment.

Oppose legislation that creates an opportunity for litigation regarding an employer’s efforts to maintain a safe and drug-free work environment.

Support legislation that establishes a safety and health audit privilege to prevent disclosure or discovery of audits required by law.

Recent News

Workplace Safety Bills

Coalition

Working Group

Staff Contact

Marty-Fisher-2008-300x300Marti Fisher
Policy Advocate
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