On April 5, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the availability of additional funding to reimburse qualifying costs related to safely reopening and operating certain eligible entities (including private nonprofit medical facilities). Items eligible for reimbursement include certain personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19 diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning, and temporary physical barriers for social distancing. The interim policy includes 100% federal […]
On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its quarantine guidance for vaccinated individuals.
On Jan. 8, Cal/OSHA updated its FAQs on the COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) that took effect on Nov. 30. Of note for hospitals, Cal/OSHA added two new questions that help to reconcile the scope of the ETS with the Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Standard.
With California’s general acute care hospital personal protective equipment stockpile bill — Assembly Bill 2537 –taking effect on January 1, 2021, CHA has developed these frequently asked questions to assist hospitals with implementation. There remains much ambiguity with this law; CHA will continue to provide updates as they develop.
Recent changes to federal and state quarantine recommendations have labor and employment law implications, touching on both Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave.
In late November, the California Occupational Safety and Health Board (OSHSB) adopted an emergency temporary standard (ETS) focused on COVID-19 in the workplace.
On Nov. 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Board (Cal/OSHA) adopted an emergency temporary standard (ETS) focused on COVID-19 in the workplace. This new, extremely broad regulation is in addition to the employee notice requirements encompassed in Assembly Bill (AB) 685, COVID supplemental paid sick leave adopted in AB 1867, and Senate Bill 1159’s workers’ compensation presumption requirements.
CHA recently submitted a letter to Cal/OSHA to provide feedback on its June 12 guidance that focuses on severe respirator shortages and some changes under consideration. The letter expresses hospitals’ concerns with the guidance, which would destabilize rather than enhance employee safety.
Last week, Cal/OSHA issued guidance for employers on which surveillance exams, required under CalOSHA standards, may be delayed to due COVID-19 risks.
CHA’s Human Resources Conference: Bringing Order to Chaos, March 23-24 in Pasadena, will feature a session on addressing unconscious bias in the workplace, including how it affects patient care and professional relationships. Beginning this year, a single conference replaces CHA’s former employee safety/workers’ compensation seminar and its labor and employment seminar, combining both into a one-and-a-half-day event.