Occupational Health Watch: September 2020
Protecting Workers from COVID-19 on the Job
Occupational Health Branch is working with
colleagues in CDPH and our partners in the occupational health community to
provide information and guidance for health and safety professionals,
employers, unions, and workers about the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
Our new webpage, Protecting Workers from COVID-19 on the Job,
highlights up-to-date information on work-related COVID-19 prevention from the
State of California, CDPH, and Cal/OSHA. It also includes links to the websites
of workplace health and safety agencies and organizations. The page features
resources on respiratory protection, cleaning and disinfection, and face
coverings. Viewers will also find links to websites with industry-specific
guidance that will be helpful as businesses around the state begin to reopen.
Updated CDPH guidance now requires employers
to notify local health departments when there are three or more cases of COVID-19 at their
worksite within a two-week period. This change aims to improve
our statewide awareness of which workers, workplaces, and industries are most
impacted. Governor Newsom just signed Assembly Bill 685, a new law that includes
this reporting mandate and will require CDPH to post data on outbreaks by
industry on our website.
Unions, employers, and
advocacy groups: please help get the word out about best
practices for preventing COVID-19 at work by sharing this month’s Occupational
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