Gavin Newsom, Government of California, is now considering three separate bills aimed at addressing workplace safety issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A.B. 2043, which passed both the Assembly and the Senate at the end of last month, would require the State Department of Occupational Health to "disseminate information in both English and Spanish on best practices for the prevention of COVID-19 infection" in accordance with Cal / OSHA guidelines . The bill would also require the department to work with community organizations and organizations representing employees and employers to conduct a government campaign targeting agricultural workers to help spread best practice across the country.
S.B. 275, which also passed both chambers at the end of last month, would require the State Department of Public Health and the Office of Civil Protection, in coordination with other government agencies, after appropriations and, if necessary, establish a warehouse for personal protective equipment. [1
A.B. 685, which also passed last month, would approve Cal / OSHA when, in its view, an employment, operation or process or any part thereof exposes workers to the risk of "COVID-19" posing an imminent danger to employees, to prohibit the execution of that operation or process, or entry into that place of employment. “The bill would require Cal / OSHA to provide a notice to this effect to the employer, which would be placed in a conspicuous place on the place of employment.
All three bills were presented to the governor this week.
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