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Senate Agrees: Workers Deserve Safety Information in Their Language

Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council applauded the California State Senate’s approval of AB 2068 (Haney) to empower workers with knowledge of workplace safety and health violations and their rights on the job, in the language they understand. Currently, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is only mandated to post workplace citations and special orders in English. AB 2068 would require Cal/OSHA to issue a standardized workplace citation posting in the top seven non-English languages spoken by workers in California – Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean and Armenian, and Punjabi, a language spoken often in food processing.

Cal/OSHA postings are often important lifesaving information related to workplace conditions and safety. The bill will require the posting to include information on:

  • Cal/OSHA’s investigation of the workplace and that they found a workplace safety or health violation.

  • That the investigation resulted in one or more citations or orders that the employer must post at or near the place of the violation for three working days, or until the unsafe condition is abated, whichever is longer.

  • That the employers are required to communicate any hazards at the workplace to employees in a language and manner they understand; and

  • Contact information for the division and the internet website where employees can search for citations against their employer.

The following statement may be attributed to Joe Duffle, President, UFCW Local 1167:

“Every worker deserves information that can keep them safe on the job – and even save their life. English-only notifications exclude many workers; AB 2068 will help keep non-English speaking workers informed about what’s happening with their workplaces and empower them to get involved with any investigations to ensure their workplaces are kept safe. Non-English speaking workers deserve just as safe a workplace as English speakers do. UFCW is proud to sponsor this important bill and we urge Governor Newsom to sign it into law.”

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August 24, 2022

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