A new brake pads law (SB 346 Kehoe) that affects all auto repair shops takes effect January 1, 2014. Basically, shops cannot sell brake pads that have copper in them past this date, and must deplete their old stock by 2023. Most, if not all, brake pad manufacturers are already supplying the legal product. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) answered ASCCA’s most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the brake pad law, and also posted the FAQs on their website under Auto Repair Shops.
On Dec. 2, Covered California officially launched the full self-enrollment function of the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) online marketplace. This significant new function on the Covered California website will enable small businesses to fully enroll for coverage that may begin as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
Small Business Health Options Program
Cal/OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the UN global chemical communication system. OSHA is phasing in the elements of that policy and you need to take action to comply with the first element. By 12/1/13 all employers must train all those who come in contact with any chemical in the workplace to understand how to interpret hazards communicated through pictograms and standardized material safety data sheets, now called safety data sheets or SDS.