According to a new program approved by the Los Angeles county board of supervisors, workers from certain sectors, including apparel, will form public health councils to ensure employers follow pandemic safety rules. The board has also sought an ordinance to protect workers from retaliation as safety issues are rarely expressed due to fear of being fired.
Launched with an annual budget of around $5 million, the program aims to expand the enforcement of health orders in the United States and address the pandemic’s toll on essential workers, according to US media reports. The motion will pair councils in the food and apparel manufacturing, warehousing and storage, and restaurant sectors with third-party organizations that will educate workers on health orders and help them report violations.
Third-party organizations like non-profits and unions will be certified by the county to train councils on coronavirus health protocols. The program has been applauded by labor groups who have sought its broader application across Industries.