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.
Those of you who are in residential construction noted that when they updated the confined space entry standard a while back, it included residential construction. This industry had been somewhat overlooked by OSHA in the past. They have updated some of their materials to be more clear as to what is expected.
Below is an OSHA 300, 300A, 301, log in Excel format. This one is especially nice as each different form is simply a new tab. Hence, easy to use and organize, and can even be imported into IOS or other formats.
So if you have no clue, or need a guide on what OSHA actually wants, they have these nifty tools that can help. These cover General Industry, Construction, and Healthcare. Being OSHA compliant is not the ‘end all’ (remember, OSHA is the minimum you should do), but it is a good place to start.
OSHA publishes their field manuals, plus items called ‘CPL’s.’ CPL (short for ‘compliance’) documents are the actual guidelines that OSHA uses when performing inspections. No, really.
Some of these are very long and involved, but if you want to know what OSHA will look for on your job, look here. I have no posted all of them, but here is a sample. To get the rest, go to http://www.osha.gov and do a search for “CPL.”