Items of Interest and Helpful Tools

We’ll keep you informed about issues pertaining to the workers’ compensation industry and provide useful information that can help you in your business.

Cal-OSHA Injury Tracking and Recordkeeping Requirements
Last year, (October 2018) Cal-OSHA amended California’s recordkeeping requirements to conform to the federal OSHA program. Employers must submit injury and illness data in the federal OSHA Injury Tracking Application online portal. This only applies to establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Visit https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/calosha-updates/log300-reporting.html to view the Cal-OSHA regulation. March 2, 2019, was the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2018. For reporting requirements, go to https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/.

If employers in State Plan states (e.g., Cal-OSHA) have questions about their obligation to submit injury and illness information, please contact your State Plan office.

Online Workplace Safety Training

Policyholders can access over 600 streaming workplace safety videos, applicable to all industries. It’s a great time-saving alternative to in-person instruction. To sign up for free program access, policyholders can send an email to RICALC@ri-net.com. Include the name of insured, policy number, first and last name of manager or contact person, and email address.

Loss Prevention Workstation Ergonomics
Help your employees work better and smarter by making their workstations comfortable and ergonomically correct. Download the Workstation Ergonomics brochure.

Wellness Tools for Employees
Create a culture of wellness at your workplace. A healthy workforce means you can experience lower medical costs, fewer claims, and higher worker productivity. Access information about interactive tools and programs.

Useful Websites - California
 
California Wildfires – OSHA Resources
We’re saddened by the loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Since wildfires can spread rapidly, particularly during dry, windy conditions, advanced planning can often help protect against the destructive impacts of these fires. OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working on a public effort to improve the way people prepare and respond to wildfires. To learn more about preparedness, response and recovery, visit https://www.osha.gov/dts/wildfires/index.html.

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Information for Injured Workers
Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide injured workers with the medical treatment needed to recover from work-related injury or illness, partially replace the wages lost while recovering, and help injured workers return to work. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/InjuredWorker.htm

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Information for Employers
California workers' compensation insurance provides basic benefits including medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits and a return-to-work supplement, and death benefits. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/Employer.htm

California Department of Industrial Relations Small Business Portal
California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is committed to fostering small business growth, to preserving free competitive enterprise, to maintaining and promoting fair employment opportunities for diverse communities, and strengthening California's economy. With this commitment, the California DIR has compiled material from various state agencies to help small businesses. http://www.dir.ca.gov/smallbusiness/index.htm 

California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
The mission of the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is to ensure a just day's pay in every workplace in the state and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/