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.
I had a request for CalOSHA Stuff, so I looked around and sure enough – there is a good amount. For Non-California viewers and international types (you know who you are) – The USA has the federal OSHA, but the states can opt out of the federal OSHA plan as long as their regulations are as strong, or stronger, than the federal OSHA. Hence, this stuff is at least as good as what OSHA requires.
Very interesting guide by CalOSHA on selecting non-powered tools and considering ergonomics. This guide includes handles, grip, motion, and a range of other factors.
Think hard about this guide – we focus on powered tools, vibration, torque, and other factors, but for using non-powered tools requires all manual power. Think about assembling something from IKEA with standard screw drivers – then, multiply that by 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Yes, that bad.