Cal/OSHA inspections over the last three months have led to more than $1 million in proposed penalties for violating COVID-19 safety standards, according to the Saqui Law Group.
The health and safety agency cited employers for not providing enough shade to allow social distancing during breaks. Other violations included lapses in recording and reporting of infections and failing to correct unsafe work practices.
On that note, Attorney General Xavier Becerra is urging a Cal/OSHA standards board to adopt new regulations for employers. He said the proposal would provide a “clear road map for responsible employers to implement effective safety measures.” Ag and business groups fear the policy is being rushed and needs more public debate. The board will take up the proposal on Thursday.