Archive | August, 2012

New YouTube Video Available For Safety Training For Your Workers Regarding Heat Illness

20 Aug

The summer is not over, and employers have a continuing obligation under OSHA, particularly California employers under the Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention rules, to train employees about the dangers of heat illness and how to protect themselves. You have a new tool to help in that effort: an on line video on YouTube.com presented by Don Dressler Consulting and www.CalWorkSafety.com.

Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnrwrewOaGE.  This is a fast paced information packed video using power point material designed for your employees on the very first day on the job.

Do You Know the Rules About Classifying Medical Treatment As First Aid and How it Saves You Money?

4 Aug

When an employee is injured on the job, it is important that they receive the best and most appropriate medical care. However, not all medical care must be either reported to your workers’ compensation insurer and charged against your claims – increasing your future experience modification – nor recorded as an injury in your OSHA Injury Records.

Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA define “first aid” as any one-time treatment, and any follow up visit for the purpose of observation of minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, or other minor industrial injury, which do not ordinarily require medical care. This one-time treatment, and follow up visit for the purpose of observation, is considered first aid even though provided by a physician or registered professional personnel. California Labor Code 5401 (a).

Only the following services qualify as “first aid”:

  • Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength
  • Administering tetanus immunizations (other immunizations, such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine, are considered medical treatment);
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin;

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