The supervisory board was briefed Tuesday morning by Humboldt County Public Health Officer Dr Ian Hoffman, and learned that new regulations are being put in place by the State of California, following the CAL-OSHA leadership. New posters for companies, new requirements for employers and ongoing hospitalizations were discussed.
New CAL-OSHA rules passed by the governor this week require employers to notify the state of their employees’ immunization status and offer several different options. Business owners have the option of allowing employees who are fully vaxxed to be exposed. “There are three options for business owners to let those who are fully immunized know what to do in their facility,” explained Dr. Hoffman. Local businesses will need to decide how to collect this information from their staff. More details are expected to come soon, regarding the process for providing this data to the State of California.
The three options for companies when it comes to masking are to either “self-certify”, wear a mask or not – essentially choosing the honor system, for an employer to ask someone to present. proof of vaccination before removing their mask at the entrance, or effectively avoiding any declaration of vaccination status by simply requiring everyone to disguise themselves in spite of everything.
Employers are required to keep confidential records of the immunization status of any employee not wearing a face covering and to report the immunization status of employees to the state.
The three ways to provide COVID-19 employee vaccination data to the state are:
- Employees can provide proof of vaccination and employers keep a copy.
- Employees provide proof of vaccination, but the employer only keeps a record of employees who have submitted proof, not the vaccination record itself.
- Employees “self-certify” their immunization status in good faith, and the employer keeps a record of self-certifying people.
The new signage provided by the county offers three options for business owners, and these posters can be downloaded and printed from a Press release recently published by the Joint Information Center.
Dr Hoffman quickly outlined the new points to consider regarding masking and local public policy changes after the June 15 reopening.
Some of the most notable adjustments to public policies include:
- Only unvaccinated workers are required to wear face coverings indoors at work.
- Vaccinated employees do not need to wear face coverings.
- No one is required to wear a face cover outside anymore, but …
- When in high-risk settings such as healthcare facilities and during outbreaks in the workplace, all employees should wear face coverings indoors and outdoors when physical distancing. cannot be maintained ”.
- Vaccinated workers without symptoms of COVID-19 do not need to be tested and do not need to be quarantined after exposure to the virus.
- Physical distancing and physical barriers like plexiglass are no longer necessary, unless there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in the workplace.
- On request, employers must provide non-vaccinated employees with respirators, for free and voluntary use.
- Employers must offer “free tests” for COVID-19, during paid time, to unvaccinated employees if they develop symptoms or are exposed to the virus.
- Employers must also offer ‘free testing’ to vaccinated employees who develop symptoms, not vaccinated employees in the event of an epidemic, and all the employees in a major epidemic.
Dr Hoffman also noted that many local businesses may choose to maintain masking policies and that new signage is being carried out by the Joint Information Center to reflect the policy changes, offering a new approach to masking for them. companies. Still emphasizing the availability of vaccines throughout the county, the county health official noted that the rate of hospitalizations locally had slowed slightly, but could increase in the coming weeks due to increased social activity. and long-awaited summer events.
Regarding the revised CAL-OSHA workplace regulations, the state also now requires employers to provide N95 face masks to employees who refuse to be vaccinated and therefore must always wear a mask in public spaces. and at work. Health spaces, prisons, detention centers, K-12 schools, shelters, and other similar gathering parameters will always be needed to keep masking regulations in place.