Cal/OSHA has recently cited 11 employers in an array of industries, including food processing, health care, agriculture, and retail industries for failing to protect employees from potential exposure to Covid-19. These employers have been cited for multiple violations with proposed penalties ranging from $2,025 to $51,190.
Amongst the violations that Cal/OSHA cited was the failure of the employer to adequately implement and maintain an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (“IIPP”). To learn more about an IIPP see our previous article Have You Updated Your Injury and Illness Prevention Plan.
Cal/OSHA’s goal for initiating these citations is a strategic enforcement effort to ensure that all employers have adequate workplace safety plans to address Covid-19 specific hazards. All employers should heed this warning. It is imperative that employers ensure that steps have been taken to implement effective measures to protect their employees from worksite hazards, including Covid-19 protocols, such as effective safety training for all employees.
With increased Cal/OSHA enforcement efforts, all employers should take time to review their safety policies and IIPP. If you have any questions regarding Cal/OSHA requirements or the implementation of an IIPP, contact the Employer lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.
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