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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Recap: January 14th Facilities/EH&S Session for Bay Area Members

  • 2021-01-28T16:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Mitzy De La Peña Medina

On January 14th, Biocom California’s Public Policy team hosted this year's first Facilities and Environmental Health & Safety educational session for our Bay Area members. The meeting started with welcoming remarks from the policy team and those in attendance; the audience was mostly industry Facilities and EH&S Managers.

With over 35 attendees, this was meant to be a sharing session amongst professionals who are most likely to be responsible for tracking and enacting their companies’ pandemic related operational policies.

The roundtable discussion topics covered were California's newly enacted COVID-19 Infection Prevention Requirements (Assembly Bill 685), COVID-19 vaccine eligibility based on state defined phases and tiers, dealing with cross-government regulations, and best practices for navigating through the pandemic.

As the COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts continue to roll out through the state, Biocom California’s policy team has been continuously working with local governments throughout the state to clarify vaccine eligibility for essential life science workers. The team provided updates on current efforts to support members at the regional, state, and federal levels.

Occupational Services, Inc., provided an informative presentation, covering a breakdown of Assembly Bill 685. Also, members received a presentation given by AbbVie and insights from Gilead on internal processes they have enacted during the pandemic. Managers continue to refine communication methods, seek the most effective ways to keep their employees protected with new internal safety measures, and share lessons learned with their peers.

This session was one in a series of virtual roundtables held by Biocom California throughout the pandemic to give members the platform to discuss how best to deal with pandemic related issues in the workplace. Biocom California’s policy team is pleased to organize these sessions as a unique benefit for our members. If you are interested in attending the Bay Area sessions, please contact Mitzy De La Peña Medina.

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