California prison agency failed to notify employees exposed to COVID-19, regulator says

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California’s workplace safety regulator has fined a state prison agency $24,300 for failing to enforce COVID-19 protections.

The state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal/OSHA, cited the California Prison Industry Authority for three “serious” violations related to a June 21 COVID-19 exposure at a metal fabrication and vehicle outfitting warehouse, according to the citation

The warehouse is located at California State Prison-Solano, in Vacaville.
The prison agency, which manufactures goods and products for state agencies using inmate labor, failed to do contact tracing, notify employees or provide medical evaluations after the exposure, according to the Feb. 24 citation.

The agency also failed to fit-test employees for N95 masks from October through February, according to the citation.

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