California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases. Cal/OSHA has now released guidance for agricultural employers on how to update their IIPPs to include preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance does not introduce any new legal obligations, but because COVID-19 is widespread in the community, most California workplaces must consider the disease a workplace hazard.

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It can be overwhelming trying to sift through all of the information related to COVID-19 and what it means for your business. Western Growers has created a COVID-19 Resources Page as a one-stop-shop for timely information and industry-specific guidance, tailored specifically to the needs of the grower and handler community. Additionally, you’ll find the best resource of all: the contact info for our staff. From HR and legal to food safety and insurance, WG staff is available to you, any time, to answer your questions and field your concerns.

Cal/OSHA issued an advisory recently to remind employers to take extra precautions to protect their workers from the dangers of wildfire smoke. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can cause health problems. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

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