Emergency exits that are blocked (e.g., by boxes, stored items) or locked is a serious safety violation and can result in very costly fines and penalties. Case in point: Dollar Tree got slapped with a $129,000 fine by OSHA for having locked its emergency doors at a Texas store during working hours. Dollar Tree has also been hit with six figure citations for blocking emergency exits with boxes and other supplies.

Cal/OSHA is now urging all workers to wear face coverings indoors regardless of their vaccination status. The guidance comes in response to an uptick in state COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Cal/OSHA is aligning its guidance with California's Department of Public Health, which updated its masking guidance last month in light of rising cases and plateauing vaccination rates.

As wildfires continue to run rampant in California, numerous state agencies are on-hand to support employers in implementing enhanced workplace safety measures. It is important to remember that wildfire smoke and subsequent cleanup efforts present unique workplace hazards for agricultural workers.

The Employment Development Department recently developed this one-sheet to guide agricultural employers in wildfire preparation for their workers.

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