Kiana’s California AB 685 Compliance Solution

AB685 Compliant Ready : Kiana Digital Contact Tracing Solution

 

  • California AB 685 Takes Effect on Jan 1, 2021! Will you be AB 685 Compliant Ready?

 

What is it?

 

New California Law AB 685 requires public & private employers to provide Written Notice of COVID-19 exposure in the workplace, and empowers CAL/OSHA to shut down worksites posing “imminent hazard”.

AB 685 becomes effective January 1, 2021, and employers are urged to review their COVID-19 related process and procedures NOW to ensure they are compliant.  Given that employee notices, in particular, must be circulated within one business day, it is imperative that employers have their employee notice process, and their “exposed employee identification processes (Contact Tracing)” in place ahead of time.

 

What do you need to do?

 

  • Identify all potentially exposed individuals present at the worksite upon identification of a COVID-19 positive case
  • Provide written notice within 1 business day to all employees & contractors who were physically present at the worksite to potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Maintain records of notification data for at least 3 years.

 

What are the effects?

 

  • Allows the State to track COVID-19 cases in workplace more closely
  • Expand CAL/OSHA’s authority to issue IMMEDIATE  “Stop Work Orders” for any violation in the workplace that poses a risk of an “imminent hazard” relating to COVID 19.  The presumption is of fault, foregoing the 15 day warning period that’s usually available to correct a problem and going straight to shutdown.

 

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

 

  • AB 685 grants Cal/OSHA expanded authority to enforce safety violations through both citations and worksite shutdowns.  Also, the bill specifies an accelerated timeline for handling COVID-19-related Serious Violations, forgoing the 15 day rebuttal period.
  • Per the California Code of Regulations, any employer who violates any occupational safety and health standard determined to be a Serious Violation can be assessed a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.

 

Kiana’s Digital Contact Tracing and Facilities Management Platform Enables AB 685 Compliance 

 

Kiana, a leader in Real Time Location Analytics, provides a Digital Contact Tracing Platform, including the necessary software tools, analytics and processes, to achieve a safe and secure environment expeditiously.  The solution provides easy to use software, techniques and procedures to identify people that have been exposed on site to an infected individual, and alert them and others to unsafe conditions.  The Contact Tracing Solution is built at its core to protect a person’s sensitive data and information.

 

Kiana Digital Contact Tracing and Facilities Management Platform Helps Employers Implement & Execute a Return to Work COVID-19 Pandemic Plan 

California AB 685 Requirements

Kiana Contact Tracing & Facilities Management Solution 

AB 685 notice one business day

Requires all employers to take ACTION within ONE BUSINESS DAY of a “potential exposure” based on a confirmed COVID-19 Case (Qualifying Individual) in the “workplace”

Digital Contact Tracing platform identify exposed individuals

Once an employee is confirmed COVID-19 positive, Kiana’s Digital Contact Tracing  Platform can identify all “exposed individuals” immediately, making the ONE BUSINESS DAY turnaround easily achievable. 

written notice employees worksite infectious period

All employees and contractors who were “at the worksite within the infectious period” must receive written notice that they may have been exposed to the virus.

Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data

Kiana’s Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data such that all contact exposures during the infectious period (14 days + 48 hours PRIOR to symptoms developing) is continuously available.

written notice employees worksite infectious period

The “worksite” does not apply to buildings, floors, or other locations of the employer that an infected individual did not enter.

Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data

Kiana can not only identify individuals who have been exposed, but also affected areasThe entire facility need not be shut down, only the specific locations (zones) that the infected individual entered. This allows the employer to perform “surgical shutdown and cleaning“, saving time and resources. 

written notice employees worksite infectious period

The employer must provide notice to employees regarding the company’s disinfection protocols and safety plan to eliminate any further exposures, per CDC guidelines.

Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data

The company’s policy for closing exposed zones, cleaning, and subsequent re-opening can be communicated easily.  Real-time zone alerts can be provided to management and facilities to immediately close down compromised areas, minimizing further exposures.  Kiana can also provide alerts to management, security, and safety officers when an unauthorized or quarantined individual is attempting to enter affected areas.

written notice employees worksite infectious period

The employer must still maintain confidentiality as required by the American Disabilities Act (ADA).  The notice to employees should not reveal the identity of the COVID-19 positive person. 

Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data

Kiana’s Contact Tracing Solution keeps Personal Identity Information (PII) within the employer’s control.  Also, the potentially exposed employee’s information is also kept private.  A report is provided for the infected individual with dates and exposure times and the location of where exposed. 

written notice employees worksite infectious period

Employers should have a “COVID-19 Action Plan” that identifies the workplace’s risks and determines how to control exposure through such measures as improving ventilation, social distancing and protective gear.  

Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data

Social distancing violations can easily be identified by the Contact Tracing Platform’s proximity analyses.  In addition, the system can alert when more than the allowed number of people are present in a particular room or area.  Real time density heat maps are provided to alert management / health and safety when there is a violation of density rules.  

written notice employees worksite infectious period

Employers should draft and implement a separate COVID-19 Pandemic Plan that addresses all COVID-19 exposures, and identifies the employer’s manner in which to correct those exposures . The plan should include how the employer will enforce its procedures, provide training, conduct inspections, and review its processes for effectiveness.  

Contact Tracing Platform keeps historical data

Historical data storage and analyses provide clear documentation of exposures, enforcement of social distancing protocols, and cleaning of affected zones.  Documentation is easily provided to the CDPH and other necessary organizations as required.  

Screenshots from Kiana’s AB 685 Compliance Digital Contact Tracing Platform

Kiana AB 685 Compliance Solution Digital Contact Tracing Platform

Employee Exposure Notification Report Form (AB685 compliant)

 

Definitions

Workplace or Worksite:

The building, store, facility, agricultural field, or other location where a worker worked during the “infectious period”.  The term “worksite” does not apply to buildings, floors, or other locations of the employer that an infected individual did not enter.

Written Notice:

Written Notice can be personal service, email, or text message if it can be reasonably anticipated to be received by the employee within on business day of sending.

Infectious Period:

California Department of Public Health defines the infectious period as 14 days, including, at a minimum, the 48 hours before the individual developed symptoms.

 

 

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