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  • California Expands PPE Stockpile and Employee Training Requirements to Address Wildfire Smoke Events

    On September 27, 2021, the Governor of California signed Assembly Bill 73 (AB 73) which expands worker protections from wildfire smoke. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, California enacted Health & Safety Code section 131021 last year.  It requires the State Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Services to establish a stockpile of... Continue Reading
    September 28, 2021
  • California Expands Cal/OSHA’s Citation Authority

    California’s Governor has signed Senate Bill 606 (SB 606), which authorizes Cal/OSHA to issue a citation for egregious violation of an occupational safety or health standard, order, special order, or regulation for each willful violation determined by Cal/OSHA, and count each employee affected by the violation as a separate violation for purposes of the issuance... Continue Reading
    September 28, 2021
  • What’s Next with Cal/OSHA and COVID-19 Standards?

    For now, California employers are beholden to state and local COVID-19 requirements as well as Cal/OSHA’s infamous COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The ETS are set to expire on January 14, 2022. However, Cal/OSHA has recently released a draft of a semi-permanent standard for COVID-19. The current proposal would create a COVID-19 standard that would... Continue Reading…
    September 22, 2021
  • Cal/OSHA Wildfire Safety Requirements Apply to More Than Outdoor Worksites

    Historically, California has experienced the most destructive wildfires in the months of September and October.  As we head into those months, employers should make sure they are familiar with California’s wildfire smoke standard.  Harmful air quality from wildfire smoke can occur anywhere in the state on short notice, so it is vital that employers prepare... Continue Reading
    August 31, 2021
  • Update Your COVID-19 Prevention Program

    Under Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), employers are mandated to have a written COVID-19 Prevention Program. In light of the recent revisions to the ETS, Cal/OSHA has released an updated model prevention program. The updated program includes directives for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals such as face-covering requirements. The new model program also includes an... Continue Reading…
    June 30, 2021
  • Update Your COVID-19 Prevention Program

    Under Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), employers are mandated to have a written COVID-19 Prevention Program. In light of the recent revisions to the ETS, Cal/OSHA has released an updated model prevention program. The updated program includes directives for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals such as face-covering requirements. The new model program also includes an... Continue Reading
    June 30, 2021
  • Does Collection of Vaccination Information Under Cal/OSHA ETS Trigger the 30 Year Retention Rule?

    The simple answer is Cal/OSHA has not clarified if the 30-year retention rule is triggered by requirements of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Pursuant to Cal/OSHA’s amended ETS employers are required to document the vaccination status of their employees if the employer intends to allow vaccinated employees to work without a face covering or... Continue Reading…
    June 29, 2021
  • Does Collection of Vaccination Information Under Cal/OSHA ETS Trigger the 30 Year Retention Rule?

    The simple answer is Cal/OSHA has not clarified if the 30-year retention rule is triggered by requirements of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Pursuant to Cal/OSHA’s amended ETS employers are required to document the vaccination status of their employees if the employer intends to allow vaccinated employees to work without a face covering or... Continue Reading
    June 29, 2021
  • Cal/OSHA Amends COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Again.

    The last few weeks have been quite tense for California employers as they watched the drama unfold with the state’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) over amendments to the standing COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) In case you missed it: a few weeks ago, Cal/OSHA delayed a vote on... Continue Reading
    June 17, 2021
  • Cal/OSHA Amends COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, Again.

    The last few weeks have been quite tense for California employers as they watched the drama unfold with the state’s Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) over amendments to the standing COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) In case you missed it: a few weeks ago, Cal/OSHA delayed a vote on... Continue Reading…
    June 17, 2021

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