COVID-19 Client Alerts:
Employers Required to Provide Extensive COVID-19 Training According to Cal/OSHA
As discussed in last week’s update, Cal/OSHA has issued guidance requiring employers to include COVID-19 prevention measures in their IIPPs. Employers should be in the process of amending their IIPPs immediately.
Cal/OSHA’s guidance also states the employers need to provide employee training on the following items:
- A general description of COVID-19 symptoms, when to seek medical attention, how to prevent its spread, and the employer’s procedures for preventing its spread at the workplace.
- How an infected person can spread COVID-19 to others even if they are not sick.
- How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by using cloth face covers, including:
- CDC guidelines that everyone should use cloth face covers when around other persons.
- How cloth face covers can help protect persons around the user when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.
- Information that cloth face covers are not protective equipment and do not protect the person wearing a cloth face cover from COVID-19.
- Instructions on washing and sanitizing hands before and after using face coverings, which should be washed after each shift.
- Cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, after interacting with other persons and after contacting shared surfaces or objects.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding sharing personal items with co-workers (i.e., dishes, cups, utensils, towels.)
- Providing tissues, no-touch disposal trash cans and hand sanitizer for use by employees.
- Safely using cleaners and disinfectants, which includes:
- The hazards of the cleaners and disinfectants used at the worksite.
- Wearing PPE (such as gloves).
- Ensuring cleaners and disinfectants are used in a manner that does not endanger employees.
Employers should provide this training in conjunction with amending their IIPPs to address COVID-19. As with any employer safety-training, documentation should be kept showing what information was covered in the training, who attended the training (i.e., sign-in sheets), and a copy of the presentation, if possible.
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