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untitled(6)The purpose of the safety component within Risk Management is to work with all county departments in an effort to provide a safe working environment for all employees and to the public who visit county facilities. Our goal is that by through meeting or exceeding state and federal safety and health requirements and minimizing exposures, the county can continue to operate at an optimum level and reduce costs.

Some of the services that safety staff provide to county departments are as follows:

  • Assist departments with implementing and maintaining safety programs.
  • Coordinate safety activities with the County's employee workers' compensation insurance program.
  • Coordinate Cal-OSHA compliance inspections of the County.
  • Develop safety, health education, and training programs for employees; and be available to speak to and take part in educational gathering on safety matters.

Programs

The various programs or tools listed below have been developed either by Risk Management or by various departments in an effort to comply with the various safety and health regulations and to assist in maintaining an effective safety program. Departments are welcome to use these resources to assist in implementing safety programs. If you have something that you can share, we would like to see it!

Bloodborne Pathogens

The list below identifies those County positions that have or may have some reasonable exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material as a result of their job duties. The positions listed along with the associated work location are eligible for preventative vaccinations as identified on the list. Qualifying employees shall work with their supervisor to arrange for these services.

Departments having employees that are approved to receive preventative vaccinations and or tests as identified in the list above shall send a completed Vaccination and Testing Authorization Request form with the employee to the County's contracted provider in order to receive services. If the position and work location has not been evaluated for exposure, the completed form shall be sent to Risk Management for approval. See the form below for further instructions on completing the report.

Considering that some vaccinations require multiple doses to properly immunize employees, tracking doses and ensuring that employees complete the vaccination series can be a challenge. The mechanism below was developed to assist departments with tracking employees vaccinations status.

In the event of an exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material, the Communicable Disease Exposure Report shall be used to document the exposure. If the employee seeks medical treatment, the completed report shall be sent with the employee to the designated medical facility. See the form below for further instructions on completing the report.

Bloodborne Pathogens, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough and Scabies Training Resources

The literature provided below are good resources to train all staff on how various communicable diseases are transmitted and steps to take to minimize the spread of these diseases.

j0423037[1]Safety and Health Training and Instruction Requirements

A safety and health training requirement guide has been published by the Department of Industrial Relations. This guide is to assist employers with meeting the training requirements as it relates to safety and health of employees on the job. This guide makes reference to the training requirements as outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8. Click on the heading below to view the list of training and instruction requirements.

Cal/OSHA Title 8 Index

An easy way to search for safety and health regulations by subject.

Recommended Safety Meeting Schedule and Topics

In addition to implementing an on-going safety training program as required by your departments IIPP, there is also a requirement to conduct periodic safety meetings to address specific safety concerns in the work environment. Tools on how to deliver safety meetings and topics to discuss along with the resources needed to conduct these meetings are provided below.

Asbestos

The California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 10.4, Sections 25915-25919.7 requires building owners to annually notify tenants about Presumed Asbestos- Containing Material (PACM) or Asbestos- Containing Materials (ACM) in buildings. As new information is received about County occupied locations, the list of County owned/ leased buildings which contain some quantity of asbestos will be updated accordingly.

Division of Occupational Safety and Health Resources

The Department of Industrial Relations, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), offers free safety and health publications. These publications are great tools for educating employees about safety and health hazards they may face in their work environment. Click on the link below to view these publications.

CSAC- EIA Information Sheets

The California State Association of Counties- Excess Insurance Authority (CSAC-EIA), has made Information Sheets available for counties as a resource to assist them in their safety compliance efforts. The documentation and recommendations contained in these sheets provide specific guidance on Cal/OSHA regulations. Click the link below to view these documents.

Contacts

Do you know who your Safety and Workers' Compensation Coordinator is? Each department has assigned Coordinators to assist with the day to day activities of the departments safety and workers' compensation program. Find out who the Coordinator is for your department.

Useful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

You may also contact Matthias Bier- Stanberry in the Risk Management at 600-1850.

Safety By Choice, Not By Chance!

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