In the fall of 2020, the County prioritized four business sectors that were experiencing significant numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks, complaints, and violations for the pilot Public Health Councils program. Prioritized sectors included apparel manufacturing, food manufacturing, warehousing and storage, and restaurants; a fifth sector, groceries and supermarkets, was later added.
Public Health Councils are comprised of workers that conduct peer-to-peer education with their co-workers, identify potential Health Officer Orders (HOOs) violations, and work to increase HOO compliance at their worksite.
Interested in learning more about creating a Public Health Councils at your worksite? Email: DPH-PHCouncils@ph.lacounty.gov
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About (Questions & Answers)
Regardless of what sector you work in you can and should report perceived violations of HOOs to Public Health. If the business is located in the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena, or Vernon you will need to file a complaint with their respective health departments. Complaints for all other jurisdictions in Los Angeles County can be filed online or by calling 1.888.700.9995, Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Complaints can be filed anonymously. Investigators from Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health typically respond in 24 hours and will conduct an inspection of the site.
When filing a complaint include the following information:
- What is the potential violation? Is it an ongoing issue?
- When and where did the violation occur or is occurring? (i.e. What shift, department, area in the facility)
- Who is or was involved?
- Identify the type of work is performed at this worksite
- Provide the size of the worksite (Approximate number of workers)
- Provide the best days and times for an inspector to visit the worksite to investigate this concern
- Describe the areas inside and outside the worksite that should be inspected (e.g. areas where the violation occurred, places workers gather, etc.)
- Identify if any workers have tested positive for COVID-19 and if so, how many if known.
Additional Public Health Council Information
Health Officer Orders, Protocols & Guidance
- Health Officer Orders
- Cleaning Guidance
- Guidance for Businesses
- Guidance for Food & Beverage Services
- Guidance on Food Delivery
- Guidance for Offices
- Guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments
- Entry Screening
- Use of Barriers
- Isolation Order
- Quarantine Order
- Return to Work Guidelines for Employees who Develop Systemic Symptoms Post-Vaccination
- Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)
- Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS Factsheet (English)
- Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS Hoja de Echos (Spanish)
- Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ETS FAQ (English)
- Cal/Osha COVID-19 ETS Preguntas Comunes (Spanish)
Resources for Employees
- COVID-19 Safety: Workers’ Rights in California
- Covid-19 Prevention Plan (CPP) Example
- Covid Variants FAQ
- Covid: What to do if you are sick
- Digital Vaccination Record
- Environmental Health: Information & Resources
- Essential Workers Toolkit
- Unvaccinated Workers Guidance (Spanish)
- Unvaccinated Workers Guidance (English)
- LA County Health & Safety Anti-Retaliation Information
- Suspected Covid-19 Outbreak (3 cases in 14days) Reporting Form
- COVID-19 Vaccine: How to Get Vaccinated
Training & Technical Assistance Resources
- UCLA Labor and Occupational Health & Safety Program
- Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health
- UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health & Safety Program
- California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC)
Workplace Display Materials
The Public Health Councils Program was initiated in response to a motion from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on November 10, 2020. Learn more about the history of the Public Health Councils Program and the related Anti-Retaliation Ordinance by reviewing the Board motions and staff reports linked below:
- Establishing the Public Health Councils Program to Keep LA County Safe and Protect Workers for Retaliation (November 10, 2020)
- Establishing the County Public Health Councils Program (September 1, 2020)
- Expanding the Monitoring of Compliance with County Health Office Order in the Workplace to Slow COVID-19 Transmission (July 21, 2020)
- Preventing Retaliation for Reporting Public Health Violations (November 24, 2020)
- Interim Report on Expanding Worker Protections in Los Angeles County (November 18, 2020)
- Establishing the County Public Health Councils Program (November 5, 2020)
- Expanding the Monitoring of Compliance with County Health office Orders in the Workplace to Slow COVID-19 Transmission (August 6, 2020)
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