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COVID 19 Updating!

Alert!  Humboldt County Masking Order

Don’t get too excited…Indoor Masking has not been lifted yet!  It has come to our attention that folks, having read the press release from Humboldt and Del Norte counties, believe that ALL masking ends Monday the 8th.  Below is a lightly edited copy of the press release to make the new order a little clearer…read on!

Outdoor masking to be lifted November 8th, 2021. 

Indoor masking is NOT being lifted, until ALL the following occur:

  1. Consistently low and stable COVID-19 cases by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data tracker
  2. Consistently low and stable hospital impact of respiratory viruses including COVID-19
  3. Improved community protection with vaccination.

Counties are offering guidelines to inform the public WHEN they can EXPECT local masking orders to be removed

From DHHS Indoor Masking Order dated November 8, 2021

SUMMARY OF THIS ORDER This Order requires all individuals to wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions, and recommends that businesses and events make face coverings available to individuals entering these spaces.

NCSC will continue to require masking indoors in compliance with the County Public Health orders, as well as current Cal-OSHA ETS regulations.

ALERT! The Cal-OSHA Standards Board has voted - On June 17, 2021 the most recent revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID are effective June 18, 2021, and were revised to align with CDC and CDPH guidance.   What are the big changes? 

-  No more social distancing, except in exceptional situations
-  If employees are fully vaccinated, they may go without masks
-  If employees are not vaccinated, they must wear masks provided by the employer
Employers must provide respirators if requested by an unvaccinated employee, or for employees working indoors or in vehcles with more than one person
-  Employers must document vaccination status, which can include self-attestation
-  No more partitions or barriers

There are of course more in the details, but those are the main points.  Members will receive a more detailed overview by email.  As the ETS goes into approval and enforcement, read the July Member Newsletter-Regulatory Journal, for more details on some of the grey areas, and what the new sub-committee will be looking at clarifying.

Stay healthy, get vaccinated! 

History and Scope of Work

With our goal to help our clients’ businesses to grow, by taking on the burdensome chore of regulatory compliance, we strive to help each client to develop, to their fullest potential, progressive and innovative employee health and safety programs.  In this capacity we provide— 

  • Planning, coordinating and management of programs and processes for maximum efficiency
  • Building and leading teams within, and across, organizations and agencies.
  • Ensuring policy compliance.

Our service to the North Coast business and industrial community continues to broaden and extend to areas North, South and East of our beautiful redwood coast. While continuing our work in compliance with the transportation industry, we have cultivated and amplified our focus in occupational safety (specifically to CCR—California Code of Regulations- Title 8 compliance - Covering virtually all aspects of employee and workplace safety. Currently, 50 local employers, representing hundreds of employees, are members of NCSC.  Members enjoy services including facility inspections, accident investigation services and policy updates in response to changes in various federal and state regulations.  In addition, member companies are able to send employees  to a wide variety of courses, at little or no cost. Over 150 additional employers, including utilities, community services districts, municipalities,  manufacturing companies, construction, and elder and disabled service organizations are able to utilize our wide variety of services. Training courses we are able to offer our clients largely relate to that area into which we have extended our efforts, chiefly CCR Title 8 requirements, but also topics which effect overall safety in the workplace, such as Workplace Violence, Sexual Harassment/Abusive Conduct and Drug and Alcohol Testing courses, among others.

The Northern California Safety Consortium (NCSC) was founded in 1989 under the name Ben Hurd & Associates as a consulting firm, specializing in transportation industry regulations and compliance.  With the  passage of SB198 in 1990 (1989), a broader need for OSHA (Cal-OSHA for all California businesses) consulting services was recognized, with Paul B. Hurd joining the firm as its principal safety consultant.  In tandem with the continuing work serving the local and out of area transportation industry the other area of emphasis became the development of effective, written Injury and Illness Prevention programs for employers, large and small on the North Coast.  Under the regulations now governing workplace safety, in California, employers were also required to provide training to many regulations now part of their IIPPs.  With the expansion into safety consulting, NCSC also began offering many training courses to further serve our clients expanding needs.   In 1993, the NCSC was established as a membership organization to provide a cost-effective means for small and medium-sized employers to utilize NCSC’s consulting and training services.  In 1994 Ben Hurd & Associates was purchased by Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, Inc., and today remains a wholly-owned subsidiary doing business as Northern California Safety Consortium.  From our founding roots working with employers in the trucking and transportation industry to our expanding services working with employers in a variety of industries, the Northern California Safety Consortium offers a helping hand to its members and private industry in compliance with the ever-increasing complexities of State and Federal regulations.  To further its purpose, the NCSC has fostered a unique alliance and working relationship with personnel in regulatory agencies such as Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health and Cal-OSHA among others.