CDC: Vaccinated May Gather Without Masks

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that it is easing person-to-person COVID restrictions for fully vaccinated people. As employees continue to get vaccinated, the tight Cal/OSHA … Read More »

New, Emerging Strains of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in California and throughout the nation (see related story on page 12), there’s a new cause for worry. New variants of the virus have emerged. They include the Great Britain variant, the South African variant, the Nigerian, and the Brazilian variants. While they don’t appear to be more virulent … Read More »

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Appropriate Opioid Use

Curbing opioid abuse is a priority at all levels of government. Meeting this challenge begins with making certain that best practices are employed by medical professionals when prescribing opioids. For the California physician, three separate guidelines can affect the way opioids are prescribed and dispensed to injured workers. First, there is the 2016 guideline from … Read More »

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Steroid Recall Carries Workers’ Comp Implications

A multistate outbreak of meningitis linked to potentially contaminated injectible steroids could have workers’ comp implications for employers and carriers in California. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says four facilities in California received vials of the now recalled drug — preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate from the New England Compounding Center — and at least two … Read More »

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