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Cal/OSHA PPE guidelines for severe shortages
Because we pushed them, Cal/OSHA reinforces strict guidelines for severe respirator shortages.
HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS…
- If N95 respirators are re-used, there must be at least seven full days between uses.
- When used all day, our N95s must be covered by face mask or shield.
- N95s must be discarded after any aerosol generating procedure or surgery.
- PAPRs must not be shared.
- A seal check must be done every time a respirator is put on.
- Do not write on N95s with permanent marker.
- If disinfected, N95s must be aerated for at least four hours to protect from off-gassing of hydrogen peroxide and ozone.
- It’s illegal to discipline or retaliate against us for insisting on adherence to these regulations or for wearing our own OSHA-approved PPE. We may file retaliation claims under labor code 1102.5 and 6310-6312.
- Our employers are obligated to keep us—and our Union—informed on status of obtaining respirators.
If you experience any violations of these Cal/OSHA regulations, please take the following steps immediately:
- Contact your Union Rep/Organizer and report the violation
- Ensure that you have witnesses, then work with the Union to file a Cal/OSHA complaint