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Preventing Palm Tree Trimmer Fatalities

Tree trimming and pruning is dangerous work, and palm trees have unique risks. Inadequate or improper climbing techniques and equipment can cause fatal suffocation, falls, and electrocution. A new digital story (short video) from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program explains the events that led to a palm tree trimmer being suffocated by palm fronds. Photographs from the FACE fatality investigation, and news clips, are supplemented with scenes recreated by tree trimmers. The videos (English and Spanish) highlight best practice climbing and trimming techniques.

Preventing palm tree trimmer fatalities  – video in English

Prevención de fatalidades de podadores de palmeras – video in Spanish

Additional palm tree safety materials – new web page

FACE program digital stories – updated web page

CA Safe Cosmetics Program launches searchable cosmetic product database

The California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) collects data from cosmetic companies on products that contain a chemical ingredient known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Website visitors can now search the CSCP database for specific products, brand names, or chemical ingredients. The new website also has useful information for workers and consumers who use cosmetics about how exposure to chemicals can affect health.

CSCP searchable product database

For more information on our work in this area, visit CA Safe Cosmetics Program

Preventing Work-related Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Workers who disturb soil containing the Coccidioides immitis fungus and work in dusty outdoor areas are at risk for Valley Fever. Over 1000 Californians are hospitalized with this illness every year. About eight of every 100 people hospitalized with it die from the infection annually. Yet workplace health and safety plans often do not even mention Valley Fever, despite the fact that the illness can be disabling or fatal. Workers can be protected against this disease by the use of dust control measures and appropriate personal protective equipment. Now OHB has a web page featuring our prevention materials.

Preventing work-related Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) – web page


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