On November 30th 2020 new regulations went into effect from Cal/OSHA regarding COVID-19
These new regulations apply to all California businesses, except for:
- Places of employment with one employee who does not have contact with other persons
- Employees working from home.
- Employers are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard (primarily health care providers, correctional facilities, drug treatment programs, and homeless shelters).
Below are some of the new Cal/OSHA requirements:
- Creating a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan (CPP).
- Offering free COVID-19 testing to employees who had potential COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.
- Screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms and keeping employees who are sick or exposed to COVID-19 out of the workplace.
- Continuing wages to employees who cannot work due to a COVID-19 exposure on the job under some circumstances.
- Reporting COVID-19 cases to the local health department.
The CPP (Covid Prevention Plan):
The CPP needs to include the following:
- Identify and Evaluate COVID-19- Hazard in your workplace
- Ways to correct or reduce Covid-19 Hazards in the workplace
- Investigating and responding to Covid-19 cases in the workplace
- The reporting process, recordkeeping, and where you will keep the CPP so employees and others can review it
- Communication plan
- Employee training and instruction on the plan
Templates to make your CPP – https://www.safeatworkca.com/safety-articles/covid-19-prevention-planning/
What is An Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard – https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5199.html