During the pandemic, OSHA standards continue to apply as employers attempt to protect workers from exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued workplace guidance for employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This guidance directs how employers should develop preparedness plans and implement them through programs that effectively train workers. Employers are also directed to assess worker exposure to workplace hazards and risks and take infection prevention measures to reasonably address these hazards and risks in ways consistent with OSHA Standards.
The following are a list of the measures that OSHA has issued as guidance for employers:
- promoting frequent and thorough handwashing or sanitizing with at least 60% alcohol hand sanitizer;
- encouraging workers to stay at home if sick;
- encouraging use of cloth face coverings;
- training workers on proper respiratory etiquette, social distancing, and other steps they may take to protect themselves;
- using stanchions to help keep workers and others at the worksite at least 6 feet away from each other;
- installing temporary barriers and shields and spacing out workstations to help achieve social distancing recommendations;
- cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, sink handles, workstations, restroom stalls at least once daily, or as much as possible;
- if subject to OSHA’s personal protective equipment (PPE) standard, provide and require the use of PPE when needed. Job hazard assessments must be conducted to determine the appropriate type and level of PPE required.
California law requires all California employers to comply with applicable local, state, and federal labor laws. Employers must know the law and may not plead ignorance as an excuse for non-compliance. The law typically holds employers strictly liable for violations in California. As a result, violations of California’s employment laws may have severe consequences. Most claims require employers to pay the attorneys’ fees and costs of a worker’s lawsuit if the worker wins his or her case. Thus, a free consultation with the experienced employment attorneys at Moss Bollinger to determine your rights is risk-free for any California worker. If you have experienced illegal conduct by your employer, contact Moss Bollinger today at (866) 535-2994 or reach us online.