Cal/OSHA Addresses New COVID-19 Workplace Standards
As of December 1, 2020, Cal/OSHA has placed new Emergency Regulations to protect workers from COVID-19. These new regulations are henceforth requiring all employers to protect their employees from hazards relating to COVID-19 in an effort to minimize exposer and spread of the disease in the workplace.
You can read Cal/OSHA’s News Release as well as the new emergency standards. Under these regulations, employers are required to have a written COVID-19 prevention program that also, addresses COVID-19 related health hazards, correct any unsafe or unhealthy conditions that may put employees at risk to the disease, and now employers MUST provide face coverings to all employees.
Shasta Builders’ Exchange has already created a Supplemental Health And Safety Plan as a resource for you to include in your Illness & Injury Prevention Program. This includes:
• Construction Jobsite Safety/Hygiene Guidelines
• Construction Jobsite Supervisor’s Guidelines
• COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce
• COVID-19 Screening Checklist for Non-Medical Employers
• GotSafety Safety “Tailgate Safety” topics that you can address daily during your safety meetings – be sure to observe proper social distancing during these meetings
Here are businesses in Redding that are offering free facemasks and some even offer free sanitizers as well. Just call, email or walk-in to reserve your supplies while they last.
Redding Chamber of Commerce:
Location: 1321 Butte St STE 100, Redding, CA 96001
Phone Number: (530) 225-4433
Women’s Business Center
Location: 1670 Market St #112, Redding, CA 96001
Phone Number: (530) 319-8560
Cal/OSHA has provided a link to their FAQs and a fact sheet for employers to read, regarding the new regulations. As well as their official model COVID-19 prevention program that is an editable template for employers to implement.
Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch holds industry-specific training webinars for employer reference here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Webinars.html
As of December Cal/OSHA will be holding another meeting to review the requirements of the emergency regulations, solicit feedback, and recommend updates.
Here are some resourceful links on Cal/OSHA’s website: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers