CalOSHA now requires masks be worn by all employees who are not vaccinated. As part of that, employees are supposed to share their vaccination status – you can decline to state, and then you’re supposed to wear a mask.
Covid can now be considered a workplace illness if an employee was exposed to someone in the workplace who had covid.
Recently, a Red Bluff City employee became sick with covid. A second employee who worked with him became sick several days later.
The second employee had to be hospitalized – and because he had been exposed to the 1st employee, the illness was covered by worker’s compensation and the city was required to report the incident to OSHA.
Most workplace injuries and illness are recordable, meaning the employer has to keep a record of the incident and take measures to prevent similar incidents.
When an employee is hospitalized or dies, the incident becomes reportable – meaning the employer must notify OSHA, who will then investigate the incident. If they find the company has been negligent in their practices, they can fine the company.
So what does that mean for RB city? Well – it means OSHA is not paying close attention to make sure their employees are wearing masks.
It also means that if another employee is exposed to covid on the job and they have to report it OSHA, they will receive a bigger fine, along with having to pay the medical bills as well as covering the employees time off work.
Yes – this is absolutely ridiculous.
There are several organizations providing letters you can give to your employer so you don’t have to wear a mask. But because this is a CalOSHA requirement, employers are in a terrible spot. Even if they agree with us that masks are useless, they still need to protect themselves from OSHA.
So what can you do?
This becomes a very personal question because the ramifications can severely impact your livelihood.
- Do you refuse to state your shot status?
- Do you refuse to wear a mask?
- Can they fire you if you don’t?
- Where do you draw the line?
I believe the legal actions being taken will eventually end in our favor – but in the meantime, at what point are you willing to lose your job?
No one can make that decision for you. But I hope we can provide you enough resources to make an informed decision.
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