Circa 1932-Lunch Atop a Skyscraper
1905 Shipbuilding Welder
Circa 1910-Log Pond
Cotton Mill 1909 Courtesy of Smithsonian
Circa 1920-Dipper

COVID 19 - New Law AB 2043 - Effective 10/1/2020

AB 2043 goes into effect immediately as an 'urgency' bill.  Aimed ostensibly at agriculture, it requires COVID 19 training/information be provided to employees as a matter of law.  Agriculture in this context covers those working on the farm, but also any workers who cut, process, dry, etc. product that is meant for consumption.  Additionally, the law requires Cal-OSHA to disseminate information making it available to employers and employees, based on guidance documents, including, but not limited to Guidance on COVID 19 Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees.  Other text in the law, does seem to leave it open for extending some of this enforcement into other industries.  We will be covering the evolving regulations related to COVID 19 in an informal seminar on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12pm.  You can register at Class Registration. 

COVID 19 - New Law AB 685 - Effective 1/1/2021

As of September 17, 2020 a new statute has been added to the Labor Code in response (in part) to COVID 19. This law goes into effect January 1, 2021.  Though it is not in Title 8 (Cal-OSHA safety rules), it will have a far reaching impact on employers through Cal-OSHA.  The rule deals with employee notifications, including notification of hazards and exposures, but also gives Cal-OSHA expanded powers in enforcement. 
NCSC is providing a luncheon seminar on the new law, as well as taking any questions employers may have on other compliance issues related to COVID 19. 


Humboldt County DHHS has allowed certain businesses to re-open with very clear caveats.  While essential services have continued, mask orders remain in place.  Masks must be worn when outside the home; 1) When social distancing of 6 feet cannot be done; 2) When entering a building (other than your own home), and we must still remain 6 feet apart.

What does this mean for training with NCSC?  The only walkin traffic will be by appointment, or when attending a scheduled training for which you are registered.  Training that supports essential services, in particular healthcare providers, was exempted from the Order with compliance with CDC, DHHS and AHA guidance.   NCSC will now be web streaming all but CPR and First Aid classes, and will gradually phase in training center-based classes that will be web-streamed for those who cannot attend in person.  We are slowly phasing in our regular CPR and First Aid classes, but with the above-referenced protocols, that will currently include:

  • All students wear masks
  • NCSC will provide breaks during class for the purpose of removing masks outside

  • Social distancing of 6 feet

    • We are fortunate that our new site can easily accommodate a class with distancing between students and manikins.

  • Metering and hand sanitzing as students enter the building (to maintain social distancing)

  • Equipment and class materials will not be shared

  • Frequent hand washing and/or sanitizing will be encouraged.

  • Some, more interactive portions of class will be modified to accommodate social distancing.

  • Gloves will be provided in class, as well as individual, sterilized pocket masks and practice valves as PPE to further protect students.

Students will be instructed on proper use of masks and gloves as part of training and appropriate cough etiquette.

We will continue to be here for your regulatory questions, safe work practice questions, and any program, plan or policy development you will need.  While many of you may be doing your spring cleaning at home, this is an excellent time to do some spring cleaning with safety programs, procedures and training.  At this time, we all are beginning to see how connected and dependent on eachother we all are.  We will come through this together - Be well, be safe!

History and Scope of Work

With our goal to help our clients’ businesses to grow, by taking on the burdensome chore of regulatory compliance, we strive to help each client to develop, to their fullest potential, progressive and innovative employee health and safety programs.  In this capacity we provide— 

  • Planning, coordinating and management of programs and processes for maximum efficiency
  • Building and leading teams within, and across, organizations and agencies.
  • Ensuring policy compliance.

Our service to the North Coast business and industrial community continues to broaden and extend to areas North, South and East of our beautiful redwood coast. While continuing our work in compliance with the transportation industry, we have cultivated and amplified our focus in occupational safety (specifically to CCR—California Code of Regulations- Title 8 compliance - Covering virtually all aspects of employee and workplace safety. Currently, 50 local employers, representing hundreds of employees, are members of NCSC.  Members enjoy services including facility inspections, accident investigation services and policy updates in response to changes in various federal and state regulations.  In addition, member companies are able to send employees  to a wide variety of courses, at little or no cost. Over 150 additional employers, including utilities, community services districts, municipalities,  manufacturing companies, construction, and elder and disabled service organizations are able to utilize our wide variety of services. Training courses we are able to offer our clients largely relate to that area into which we have extended our efforts, chiefly CCR Title 8 requirements, but also topics which effect overall safety in the workplace, such as Workplace Violence, Sexual Harassment/Abusive Conduct and Drug and Alcohol Testing courses, among others.

The Northern California Safety Consortium (NCSC) was founded in 1989 under the name Ben Hurd & Associates as a consulting firm, specializing in transportation industry regulations and compliance.  With the  passage of SB198 in 1990 (1989), a broader need for OSHA (Cal-OSHA for all California businesses) consulting services was recognized, with Paul B. Hurd joining the firm as its principal safety consultant.  In tandem with the continuing work serving the local and out of area transportation industry the other area of emphasis became the development of effective, written Injury and Illness Prevention programs for employers, large and small on the North Coast.  Under the regulations now governing workplace safety, in California, employers were also required to provide training to many regulations now part of their IIPPs.  With the expansion into safety consulting, NCSC also began offering many training courses to further serve our clients expanding needs.   In 1993, the NCSC was established as a membership organization to provide a cost-effective means for small and medium-sized employers to utilize NCSC’s consulting and training services.  In 1994 Ben Hurd & Associates was purchased by Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, Inc., and today remains a wholly-owned subsidiary doing business as Northern California Safety Consortium.  From our founding roots working with employers in the trucking and transportation industry to our expanding services working with employers in a variety of industries, the Northern California Safety Consortium offers a helping hand to its members and private industry in compliance with the ever-increasing complexities of State and Federal regulations.  To further its purpose, the NCSC has fostered a unique alliance and working relationship with personnel in regulatory agencies such as Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health and Cal-OSHA among others.