Like many Cal/OSHA regulations, this is the first standard of its kind in the nation. It applies to workplaces where the Air Quality Index reaches 151 – unhealthy – and when employers “should reasonably anticipate” that employees may be exposed to wildfire smoke. Exempted are indoor workplaces and enclosed vehicles with filtered air, firefighters engaged… [Read More]
Workplace safety has always been our union’s core value, ever since the founding of the IBEW in the late 1800s, and each and every day, IBEW 1245 members are continually looking for ways to enhance safety for both workers and customers. For a prime example of our union members’ commitment to safety, look no further… [Read More]
We are deeply saddened to report that on Monday, July 15, a utility worker was killed and 15 other people were injured in a gas explosion in Riverside County, CA. According to news reports, a Southern California Gas crew was responding to a natural gas line that was damaged by a contractor working on a… [Read More]
On June 5, 2019 IBEW 1245’s Hold the Pull (HTP) peer-to-peer electric safety committee hosted its annual Safety Summit at IBEW 1245’s union hall in Vacaville, CA. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Local 1245’s peer safety program, and 54 of our safety stewards from a wide array of properties, including six substation members… [Read More]
On May 8, 2019, IBEW 1245’s Control the Pressure (CTP) peer-to-peer safety committee hosted its annual Safety Summit at the union hall in Vacaville. Forty-one gas safety stewards from all across the union’s jurisdiction came together at this year’s summit to have candid discussions about the safety-related issues and challenges they face at work. CTP… [Read More]
When Marine Corps veteran and 22-year IBEW 1245 member Kenny Meyer returned to his job at PG&E in 2006, after serving two tours of duty — first as Homeland Security, followed by a combat mission in Iraq — he wasn’t the same guy that his co-workers once knew. He was angry, moody and sleep deprived,… [Read More]
PG&E is placing extra focus on its electric-equipment inspections after two years of devastating wildfires caused by power lines. Most of southern Marin County is located in a high fire-threat zone.
General Safety There was some discussion on the topic of water jugs and the problems associated with them. Here is a snippet from the CalOSHA regulation on drinking water in the work place. This can be found in Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders (Group 2. Safe Practices and Personal Protection, Article 9. Sanitation) (c)… [Read More]