On November 19, 2020, the California Occupational Health & Safety Standards Board unanimously adopted 21 pages of emergency Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) safety regulations. The Regulations are broad. They apply to all employees and places of employment except:
- Those places of employment with one employee who does not have contact with others.
- Employees working from home.
- Employees covered by Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 5199 (e.g., health care facilities, police services, labs, etc.).
On December 1, 2020, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released a press release specific to the Cal/OSHA Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19. Cal/OSHA has posted FAQs and a one-page fact sheet on the regulation, as well as a model COVID-19 prevention program. Employers are invited to participate in training webinars held by Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services branch. Cal/OSHA will convene a stakeholder meeting in December that will include industry and labor representatives to review the requirements of the emergency regulation and solicit feedback and recommend updates.
The Almond Alliance intends to be part of the stakeholder meeting and will continue to engage and monitor the issue and will provide updates to members as new developments occur.
COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), Click Here.
Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards – What Employers Need to Know (Fact sheet), Click Here.
Emergency Standards on COVID-19 Workplace Hazards (Emergency Standards), Click Here.
Model COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP), Click Here.
Training Modules, Click Here.
CalOSHA’s Consultation Services Brach 800-963-9424
If you are an employer who wishes to obtain assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation or want to learn more about what services are available, you can do so by calling the toll-free assistance number, 1(800) 963-9424. If you want to arrange an on-site visit or obtain technical information, you can contact the Cal/OSHA Consultation area office nearest your workplace or you can email us at InfoCons@dir.ca.gov.
Cal/OSHA District Offices, Click Here.
Housing for the Harvest Program
Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them a space to self-isolate.
Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.
For More Information on Housing for the Harvest Program, Click Here.
Participate in Housing for the Harvest by Contacting Administrator for your County: