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. 
 

COVID 19 UPDATE

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!

Membership / Services

NCSC has grown over the years, from providing regulatory consulting for the transportation industry that also included providing policy development, which in many cases contained training requirements.  As a result our services had been developed from the beginning to be a ‘one stop’ place for businesses to come to get information and advise on their regulatory issues, then develop policies and programs necessary to comply with and implement, and as a natural extension of assisting businesses in their compliance, we developed a small retail side to be able to offer materials and some equipment to further aid an employer’s creation of an optimally safe workplace.  This optimally safe workplace equals savings in many ways.  With the passage of SB 198 in 1989, NCSC saw their work in the transportation industry as a natural extension into and transition into overall workplace safety, and we moved toward that with the addition of services to help employers deal with the myriad of regulations in both Fed OSHA and California’s Title 8.

The Northern California Safety Consortium is happy to offer the option of becoming a member. Membership includes a variety of benefits including "Free" classes each month.

  • If you are interested in becoming a member please view our "Contact" section and either give us a call, or send a quick email to ncsc@norcalsafety.com and request to be contacted with further details.
Regulatory Compliance Consultation


 

Regulatory Compliance Policy Development


 

Compliance Support Services


 

Training Courses


NCSC offers monthly training courses open to our members as well as other clients and the public.  These courses run the gamut from Basic First Aid and CPR to Trenching Competent Person and HAZWOPER training; from Drug and Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion training to Flagger and Sexual Harassment courses.  Where the intersection of workplace safety and the training  necessary to provide for that safety meet,  we provide the courses for the employer.

Materials for Support and Safety


From our earliest days items from Inspection Report Forms to daily vehicle inspection books and emergency response guidebooks, we have found that this service helps complete the circle of regulatory compliance for our members and client.  Since 2005 we have added automated external defibrillators commonly referred to as AEDs to those items we can offer our clients.  In addition to the requirements for some of the transportation forms being used by employers, AED’s have become increasingly desired and required for employers.

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