Partner with the Valley Fever Institute for your state mandated training:
The Valley Fever Institute is uniquely positioned to offer Valley Fever expertise to not only comply with AB 203, but to implement best practices to protect the health of you and your employees. We have developed robust programs to improve employee health and reduce compliance citations. Our recommendations are derived from our unmatched Valley Fever clinical expertise and scientific research.
Our first focus is to prepare your company for the mandate with safety meetings and an IIPP language to ensure compliance with the new standard. Once you have completed the initial employee training, our programs will assist you in maintaining compliance as new directives and requirements emerge.
In addition to assisting you in completing the mandated training, we will be offering supporting materials and programs from the Valley Fever Institute to ensure that your company maintains compliance and industry leading best practices. Training and certification from the Valley Fever Institute will show your leadership and commitment to employee health and safety.
Assembly Bill No. 203 was signed into law on October 10th, 2019. AB 203 mandates Valley Fever training for employees working in highly endemic counties by May 1st, 2020, annually thereafter, and when significant dust disturbance exists.
The bill mandates annual Valley Fever Training for the following employers:
(b) This section applies to a construction employer with employees working at worksites in counties where Valley Fever is highly endemic, including, but not limited to, the Counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura, where work activities disturb the soil, including, but not limited to, digging, grading, or other earth moving operations, or vehicle operation on dirt roads, or high winds. Highly endemic means that the annual incidence rate of Valley Fever is greater than 20 cases per 100,000 persons per year.
(f) This section shall apply to an employer whenever employment exists in connection with the construction, alteration, painting, repairing, construction maintenance, renovation, removal, or wrecking of any fixed structure or its parts.
The bill also requires additional trainings:
(c) …before an employee begins work that is reasonably anticipated to cause exposure to substantial dust disturbance. Substantial dust disturbance means visible airborne dust for a total duration of one hour or more on any day.