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Preventing worker drownings

Lake maintenance workers face unique risks when working over or near bodies of water. A new digital story (short video) from the California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program explains the events that led to the drowning death of a worker named José. Photographs and details from the fatality investigation are supplemented with scenes re-created by lake maintenance professionals. The video highlights best practices including the importance of wearing personal flotation devices and training workers in water safety.

Preventing worker drownings – video in English

Cómo prevenir muertes de trabajadores por ahogamiento – video in Spanish

Additional drowning prevention materials – new web page

FACE program digital stories – updated web page 


New Cal/OSHA Lead Hazard Language

Updated Cal/OSHA standards (Title 8 CCR 1532.1, 5198, 5194) have changed how employers must warn their employees about lead hazards. Lead work area signs and labels for lead-contaminated clothing and equipment must now include specific language about central nervous system and reproductive health effects of lead. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must also include new language. Employers must comply with the new labeling rules by June 2015 and the new signage rules by June 2016. The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) has developed signs and warning labels to help employers comply with these new requirements. OLPPP’s 2015 Lead in the Workplace newsletter alerts employers to the new requirements and offers the new OLPPP materials for free.

Lead Warning Signs and Labels -- print, download, and get tips for using the new signs and labels 


Pain Is NOT in the Job Description: Dental Hygiene and Ergonomics Video Series

Many dental hygienists work in pain or know others suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, known as MSDs. Dental hygienists and their employers can prevent MSDs by taking simple and practical steps to design or arrange the workplace for safe and efficient work. OHB and its partners created videos on ergonomics by and for dental hygienists. Dental hygienists in California can complete continuing education units by taking a California Dental Hygienists’ Association home-study course based on these videos.

To view the videos, see http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohb/Pages/ErgonomicsDentalHygiene.aspx


HIV transmission in the adult film industry

A male adult entertainment actor obtained a test for HIV that was negative. Then he had unprotected sex with several other male actors during film shoots in the next two weeks. After feeling ill, the actor had another blood test that showed he had recently become infected with HIV. Thus far, one other male actor from one of the film shoots has tested newly positive for HIV. Public health investigation and laboratory results provide very strong evidence that the first actor transmitted HIV to the other actor as a result of unprotected sex during the film shoot.

For investigation findings and key prevention points, see OHB's Occupational HIV Transmission in the Adult Entertainment Film Industry (PDF)  health alert.


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