In an effort to update our membership, we have assembled some of the relevant articles to keep you up to date with the evolving coronavirus outbreak.  We have all been inundated with updates, alerts and reports from various organizations and you can’t read everything.  Most of the articles seem to be citing to the CDC websiteThis is a good source of the current information for best practices.

Fed/OSHA published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” which provides good overall guidance for best practices.  Cal/OSHA has also issued the following guidance to employers.

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus.  Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.  Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard (section 5199) requires protection for employees working at health care facilities, and other services and operations where employees will be diagnosing and treating known or suspected coronavirus case.

Interim Guidelines for Protecting Workers in General Industry

While most of our members are not covered by the ATD standard, on March 4, 2020, Cal/OSHA issued guidance for general industry.  Cal/OSHA recommends employers not covered by the ATD Standard follow the CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Diseases 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020These guidelines contain infection prevention measures, which include the following:  Actively encouraging sick employees to stay home; sending employees with acute respiratory illness symptoms home immediately; providing information and training to employees on proper hygiene and avoiding contact with potentially contaminated materials; performing routine environmental cleaning of shared workplace equipment and furniture, and advising employees to check CDC’s Travelers Health Notices prior to travel.

The CDC guidelines also contain recommendations for creating an infectious disease outbreak response plan to be followed in the event of outbreak.  These response plans include allowing flexible worksites, telecommuting and flexible work hours to increase physical distance among employees, and postponing or cancelling large work-related meetings or events.

Help Promote Jobsite Safety, Make a Pledge!

April 15, SCCA, in partnership with industry associations, the CA State Building Trades and our union partners, will launch the COVID-19 Zero Tolerance Campaign. We would greatly appreciate you taking a moment to sign your company on to this pledge as it goes live. This way we have a strong showing of companies for others to see as the campaign gets noted.

The following are links to employment related issues that you may find useful:

Industry Updates

          Caltrans Updates

             >Procedure Directives

          Southern California Partnership for Jobs Updates

Frequently Asked Questions


Safety & Health Resources


          OSHA Updates

Labor Resources

Webinar Presentation’s Discussion COVID-19

Local and Federal Agency Information

Training Aids

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