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WorkCare has introduced an affordable online course for employers on Return to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic in California. You can access it here.
The course covers recommended general industry procedures to help protect employees, business operators and others from exposure to COVID-19. While the course is based on California’s guidelines, it contains recommendations that are relevant in other jurisdictions.
The course features eight modules:
A certificate is awarded following successful completion of the course.
Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
California employers are required to implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) under Title 8 of the state’s Code of Regulations, Section 3203, to protect employees from exposure to workplace hazards, including infectious diseases. Now most covered employers in the state are required to modify their IIPPs in response to apparent COVID-19 exposure risk.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 34 states have laws or regulations that require or encourage the use of IIPPs; at least 16 states provide related voluntary guidance, consultation and training. Depending on the state, these programs may apply to all employers or companies:
California is considered a leader with respect to the development of IIPP standards. Key elements the state requires to be included in a written IIPP include responsibility, compliance, communication, hazard assessment, accident or exposure investigation, hazard correction, training, instruction and recordkeeping.
California refers employers seeking further guidance to infection control measures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): How to Protect Yourself and Others.
Employers are also expected to take extra precautions to protect employees who have frequent contact with the public from exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and other contagious diseases.
Don’t miss our related training materials: COVID-19 Guidelines for Construction Employers (California) and COVID-19 Symptoms and Prevention.
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