Cal/OSHA Consultation Services is holding multiple webinars in March for employers and supervisors on the new Emergency Temporary Standard – Title 8 California Code of Regulations Section 3205 – COVID-19 Prevention, which became effective on November 30, 2020. This webinar will address employer responsibilities under the new regulations, which requires them to establish, implement and maintain an effective COVID-19 Prevention Program. The Cal/OSHA webinars will cover all of the requirements under the new Standard, are open to the public, and are free of charge. While the webinar lists a duration of 4 hours, the last two sections of the webinar cover housing and transportation, which do not apply to dentistry.
Under the new Standard, dental employers must comply with the following:
- Establish, implement, and maintain an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Program.
- Provide effective training and instruction to employees on COVID-19 transmission, infection prevention and control, and employee benefits.
- Record and track all employee COVID-19 cases.
- Follow the requirements for testing and notifying public health departments of workplace outbreaks.
Cal/OSHA has not yet addressed how widespread vaccinations will affect health and safety restrictions in the workplace. According to Cal/OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions about the new Standard, in response to a question about employee vaccinations and the requirements of Section 3205, Cal/OSHA has stated: “For now, all prevention measures must continue to be implemented. The impact of vaccines will likely be addressed in a future revision to the ETS.”
For our OSHA Review subscribers … OSHA Review will continue to provide guidance as new information and clarification becomes available. Additionally, an updated COVID-19 prevention program template form can be downloaded from our website.
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