California – Pay Attention!

California has new reporting rules coming out January 1. Well okay, they are out, but, they enact January 1 of 2021.

Here is the link to where they have the info: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/AB6852020FAQs.html

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.

Here is the actual bill: