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Vaping in the Workplace

Vaping is the use of an e-cigarette – a battery-operated, pen-shaped device that turn flavored nicotine into a vapor that users inhale. Because the vapor does not contain tobacco and is smokeless, it is not prohibited by California’s statewide ban on smoking tobacco in the workplace. Only three states – Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
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Be Wary of Decorative Contact Lenses

Decorative contact lenses are non-corrective lenses that do not correct vision and are intended to temporarily change the appearance of the eye. Advertised as color, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, they are especially popular around Halloween. However, use of these lenses can carry serious risks, including permanent eye injury that Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
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CDPH Issues Penalties to Ten Hospitals

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued ten penalties on August 15, 2013 to California hospitals along with fines ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per hospital and totaling $675,000.  The following hospitals received penalties: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, Alameda County Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago
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Vendor Vigilance in the WIC Program

A fast-growing state licensing area is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (“WIC”). In 2011 alone, the California WIC Program trained 2,970 new vendors. As with any new license area comes the potential for abuse. However, given the subject-matter, WIC is prone to overzealous prosecution of licensees. Read more…

By Steven L. Simas, ago