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Coronavirus: Untangling Employee Safety Regulations and Guidance

Originally recorded March 18, 2020.



Health care workers continue to be on the front line caring for patients. As community transmission of COVID-19 increases, hospitals are more likely to see suspect or confirmed cases. Adding to the complexity, health care workers may be exposed outside of work and questions may arise on how to handle those situations. 

Like with any infectious disease, it is important to implement the most current rules regarding worker safety. Given the dynamic environment, this is certainly a challenge. Many federal and state laws and regulations address worker safety in this context, including Cal/OSHA ATD, Respiratory Protection, and Injury and Illness Prevention Plan standards. In addition, employers are regularly receiving CDC guidance and the California Department of Public Health directives.  

Join us to learn more about these issues, the best steps to protect employee safety, practical considerations, and answers to frequently asked questions, such as: What must hospitals follow to be in compliance? What are the next steps to take in prevention and mitigation? What changes in the governing laws, regulations and guidance should we next anticipate?

    Who should participate
    Human resources executives and staff, chief nursing officers and nursing directors, chief medical officers, disaster coordinators, emergency department directors and physicians, compliance officers, and risk managers

    Topics Covered

    • When must a health care worker be provided with N95 respirators under the ATD standard and are there compliant alternatives?
    • What should you do if an employee working in an area where a respirator is not required still wants to wear their own respirator?
    • Will DOSH provide relief from the ATD standard during this public health emergency?
    • What is the impact of the Governor’s emergency declaration on occupational safety and health requirements?
    • What do we do if DOSH, CDPH, CDC and WHO provide conflicting guidance?
    • Must we do N95 fit testing during this public health emergency? 
    • Should we be screening workers?
    • When do we require employees to self-quarantine at home?  
    • Are we required to pay employees when we require employees to stay home? 
    • Are the rules different for employees, medical staff and other workers?


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    Jeffrey M. Tanenbaum
    Senior Counsel
    Nixon Peabody

    Jeffrey Tanenbaum is senior counsel in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group and co-chairs the firm’s Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice. Mr. Tanenbaum represents employers in a wide range of employment and labor law matters, with an emphasis on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation.

    Gail Blanchard-Saiger
    Vice President, Labor and Employment
    California Hospital Association

    Gail Blanchard-Saiger is the vice president and counsel, Labor and Employment, for the California Hospital Association. At CHA, she provides leadership for state and federal legislative and regulatory issues related to hospital human resources and labor relations. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and serves on its Advocacy Committee.  Ms. Blanchard-Saiger is a frequent speaker and author on health care workplace law issues.

    Kiyomi Burchill
    Vice President, Policy
    California Hospital Association

    Kiyomi Burchill is the vice president of policy for the California Hospital Association. Ms. Burchill is responsible for developing CHA’s policy positions on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues that affect California hospitals and health systems, including seismic safety, licensing and certification, public health, health information technology and quality. She closely coordinates with CHA’s advocacy, data, and communications teams to create and execute effective strategies on behalf of CHA’s members.