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California Enforcing Written Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plan

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  • 1 December 2020
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California is now enforcing  emergency temporary standards intended to protect employees from COVID-19 exposure hazards. The standards apply to most workers not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard

Under the new regulations, employers must have a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan that addresses the following:

  • A system for communicating information to employees about COVID-19 prevention procedures, testing, symptoms and illnesses, including a process for employees to report exposures without fear of retaliation.
  • Hazard evaluation, including screening employees for symptoms and identifying workplace conditions and practices that could result in potential exposure.
  • Responding immediately to potential exposures by following steps to determine who may have been exposed, providing notice within one business day about potential exposures and offering testing to workers who may have been exposed.
  • Correcting unsafe conditions and work practices, and providing effective training and instruction.
  • Implementing physical distancing procedures to ensure workers stay at least 6 feet apart from others, as feasible.
  • Providing face coverings and ensuring they are worn.
  • Adopting site-specific strategies such as changes to work schedules and providing personal protective equipment.
  • Complying with positive COVID-19 case and illness recording requirements.
  • Making the COVID-19 Prevention Plan accessible to employees and their representatives.
  • Removing employees from the workplace if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have symptoms or a confirmed case, with measures to protect their pay and benefits.
  • Establishing criteria for employees to return to work after recovering from COVID-19.
  • Adopting requirements for testing and notifying public health departments of workplace outbreaks (three or more cases in a workplace in a 14-day period) and major outbreaks (20 or more cases within a 30-day period).
  • Enforcing specific requirements for infection prevention in employer-provided housing and transportation to and from work.

The temporary standards are set to expire on Oct. 2, 2021.

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