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.
The guidance contains information, recommendations, and requirements for agricultural employers on:
- Employee training on COVID-19
- Procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the worksite
- Procedures to increase physical distancing
- Good sanitation practices
Click here to access the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Infection Prevention to Agricultural Employers and Employees guidance document.