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AB-1789 Occupational safety and health: Valley Fever.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/08/2018 09:00 PM
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Revised  March 14, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1789


Introduced by Assembly Members Salas and Fong
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Frazier)
(Principal coauthor: Senator Fuller)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Arambula, Cooper, Cunningham, Flora, Gallagher, Gray, Mathis, and Medina Medina, Acosta, Aguiar-Curry, Bigelow, Bonta, Carrillo, Chen, Chu, Cooley, Daly, Gloria, Kiley, Lackey, Maienschein, Quirk, Rubio, Santiago, Steinorth, Waldron, and Weber)
(Coauthors: Senators Allen, Cannella, Hill, and Wilk)

January 08, 2018


An act to add Section 147.7 to the Labor Code, relating to occupational safety and health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1789, as introduced, Salas. Occupational safety and health: Valley Fever.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 provides the Division of Occupational Safety and Health within the Department of Industrial Relations with the power, jurisdiction, and supervision over all employment and places of employment necessary to enforce and administer all occupational health and safety laws,and standards and to protect employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, an independent entity within the department, has the exclusive authority to adopt occupational safety and health standards within the state. Existing law requires every employer to comply with those standards. A violation of these standards and regulations under specific circumstances is a crime.
This bill would require the board to adopt occupational safety and health standards for state public works projects to prevent and control coccidioidomycosis, more commonly known as Valley Fever. By expanding the definition of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 147.7 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

147.7.
 (a) The board shall adopt occupational safety and health standards for state public works projects to prevent and control coccidioidomycosis, more commonly known as Valley Fever. As used in this subdivision, “public works” has the same meaning as defined in Section 1720.
(b) The occupational safety and health standards shall require employers to do the following:
(1) Adopt site plans and work practices and take other steps as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health determines to be important to limit the risk of Valley Fever, including, but not limited to, minimizing worker exposure to spores and the transport of spores offsite, identifying knowledgeable health care providers for occupational injuries and illnesses, and related training, reporting, and recordkeeping.
(2) Take other actions as the board determines to be necessary.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
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REVISIONS:
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