If you are in California, you know that with wildfires, you have to offer your employees masks if the air particulate levels get above 150. And not just any mask, and N-95.
It looks like CalOSHA has bent on that a bit. So here are two guides. 1) who has N-95 masks (although I have found this to be sketchy), plus FINALLY 2) how to get other masks that still ‘count.’ This is a recent change – 9/28/2020.
Also – you can monitor air quality through many different websites, but I find Air Visual works well in looking at large areas on a map, or zooming in.
The bill itself was AB685 – Changes to current rules include:
Orders Prohibiting Use (OPU): Cal/OSHA can issue an OPU to shut down an entire worksite or a specific worksite area that exposes employees to an imminent hazard related to COVID-19.
Citations for serious violations: Cal/OSHA can issue citations for serious violations related to COVID-19 without giving employers 15-day notice before issuance.
Employers are now required to notify all employees at a worksite of potential exposures, COVID-19-related benefits and protections, and disinfection and safety measures that will be taken at the worksite in response to the potential exposure.
Employers are now required to notify local public health agencies of all workplace outbreaks, which are defined as three or more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees who live in different households within a two-week period.
OSHA actually come out with an interesting publication – safety through Leading Indicators and not lagging indicators. In other words, being proactive, and not just doing this AFTER the person falls off the ladder.
Do you have to report COVID-19 hospitalization to OSHA?
Short answer – yes, you have to report in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA for COVID-19. Long answer – well, here it is from OSHA:
Recording workplace exposures to COVID-19
OSHA recordkeeping requirements at 29 CFR Part 1904 mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log.
COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are met:
The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has some nice posters/flyers that can be printed and handed out, or posted for employees and others to see. They are in various locations on their site, so I searched and THINK I have found them all. They are below: