Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 06:43:19 -0400
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Subject: Re: CalOSHA & UCLA

From: Paul Dover 
Date: May 6, 2009 11:34:32 PM EDT (CA)
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] CalOSHA & UCLA

Dear all,

I suppose I am a little stunned with this as in Victoria, Australia we  

had instigated in 2005 the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

A link with an overview can be found here:

And for those of you with a legal bent the whole Act can be found here:

In a nutshell, what scares the bejesus out of employers, is the extent  

of fines:
The maximum penalty for a breach of general duties will be increased  
to $920,250 for corporations and $184,050 for individuals.
With the added note that INDIVIDUALS are responsible too. Even to the  

extent that someone who flaunts safety procedures (e.g. the painter  
who fell off a roof as he was not wearing a harness, even though it  
was provided and company policy) can be individually prosecuted. In  
that particular case, as well as getting a broken hip, he was fined  
$10,000! In the UCLA incident the lab head would be looking at a hefty  

personal fine, also the possibility of jail time.

As for the Foster=92s incident, here is the link to that:

Stay safe everyone!

Cheers, Paul


Paul Dover
Resources Manager
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Action
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash University (Parkville Campus)
381 Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria, 3052. Australia

Phone: +61 3 9903 9551
Fax:   +61 3 9903 9143

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