Workplace Health

STAY WELL AT HOME EXECUTIVE ORDER and Santa Barbara County Health Officer Clarifications

On Thursday, March 19, 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain operations of the 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Stay at Home Executive Order is an effort to preserve the public health and safety and to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all while prioritizing those at the highest risk and vulnerability.

Californians working in these critical sectors may continue their work due to the importance of these sectors to California’s health and well-being while those who work in “non-essential” sectors should stay home.

Industry specific guidelines have been published by the California Department of Public Health. They can be found here. These guidelines contain general and specific workplace health and safety recommendations.

Please refer to the following CDC resources for workplace health related information:

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/clean-disinfect/index.html

Worker Safety and Support:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/worker-safety-support/index.html

Businesses and Workplaces:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

The County of Santa Barbara requires that everyone wear a face covering when inside of a business. This is a Health Officer Order. All Health Officer orders can be viewed here.

 

WORKPLACE HEALTH HYGIENE

  • Face coverings in the workplace are required:
    • All food workers must wear facial covers which cover the nose and mouth and are supplied by the employer and maintained in a clean, sanitary manner.
    • At the workplace or at off-site work locations any time workers are:
      • Interacting in person with a member of the public;
      • Working in any space visited by members of the public; regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time.
      • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
      • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others.
      • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities.
      • While outdoors when unable to maintain at least 6’ of distance from person who are not members of the same household.

Additional Measures in Response to COVID-19:

  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.