COVID-19

Updated: November 23, 2020

Most Recent:

  • California Standards Board Passes Sweeping Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation

    • On November 19, 2020, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board passed a new emergency temporary COVID-19 standard. The standard (8 CCR §3205) now goes to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for approval and will likely go into effect by the end of November. As an emergency temporary regulation, it will remain effective for six months. This standard applies to most employers in California not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard. The Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard applies primarily to health care related employers.
  • Governor Newsom Announces Limited Stay at Home Order

    • On November 19, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a limited Stay at Home Order. Below is an outline with the relevant details of the order as it relates to the construction industry.
      • The limited Stay at Home Order requires that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
      • The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21. This is the same as the March stay at home order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.
      • The Order does not alter the existing definitions of an Essential Workforce.  Our industry is covered under “Sector Index” number 13 of those definitions. Construction businesses employing essential workers are allowed to continue to operate during the stay at home order.
      • This order remains in effect until 5:00am PST on December 21, 2020, and may be extended or revised as needed.

 

Legislative Updates & Resources

  • AB 685: COVID-19: Imminent Hazard to Employees: Exposure: Notification: Serious Violations

    • On September 17, 2020, California doubled down on its efforts to keep non-remote employees safe from COVID-19 exposure.  Governor Newsom signed AB 685, new legislation that allows the state to track COVID-19 cases in the workplace more closely.  AB 685 expands Cal/OSHA’s authority to issue Orders Prohibiting Use (OPU) and prescribes exhaustive notice requirements in the event of a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. AB 685 also enhances reporting requirements to local health authorities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the worksite.  The law takes effect on January 1, 2021.
    • Resources
  • Executive Order N-62-20

    • Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-62-20 provides that all California employees who work at a jobsite outside their home at the direction of their employer between March 19, 2020 and July 5, 2020 and who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of working at their jobsite are presumed to have contracted any COVID-19-related illness at work for the purposes of awarding workers’ compensation benefits.
    • Resources

 

Contractor Resources

  • Asking Employees About COVID-19 Symptoms

    • If your employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, here are helpful questions you can ask to provide them the help they need.
  • COVID-19 Management Plan and Fillable Form

    • According to Cal/OSHA guidelines, mandatory infection control measures must be included in contractor’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program. As a result, we have provided you with the COVID-19 Management Plan for your company facility and/or jobsite locations, as well as a fillable form for your convenience.
  • Cal/OSHA Issues Industry Specific Guidance

    • Cal/OSHA has issued guidance to the construction industry on COVID-19 jobsite safety practices. While some counties and agencies have issued guidelines individually, this is the first industry specific guidance issued by Cal/OSHA on COVID-19 worker protections. This guidance should be used as a baseline. It’s encouraged that contractors update their safety plans to include the Cal/OSHA provisions as minimum guidelines.

 

State of California and CDC Links