Contractors involved with entertainment events at public events venues in California will now have to have written certification of certain safety training for their employees.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed bill AB 1775 into law Sept. 29, 2022, which requires contractors and subcontractors in California to ensure employees have certified workplace safety training when setting up live events at public venues.
The law defines a public event venue as a state-operated fairground, county fairground, state park, California State University, University of California, or auxiliary organization-run facility that hosts live events.
According to law firm Jackson Lewis, that means any business that contracts with the entertainment events vendor to set up, operate or tear down a live event at a public events venue must require the vendor to certify in writing, for its employees and the employees of any subcontractors, that all:
- employees involved in setting up, operating or tearing down the live event at the venue have completed the Cal/OSHA-10, OSHA-10/General Entertainment Safety training or OSHA-10 10-hour training courses as applicable to their occupation, and
- department heads and leads have completed the Cal/OSHA-30, OSHA-30/General Entertainment Safety training or OSHA-30 and are certified through the Entertainment Technician Certification Program or another certification program relevant to the tasks they’re supervising or performing.
Vendors can also certify that its employees and subcontractor employees meet the conditions for a skilled and trained workforce as defined in Section 2601 of California’s Public Contract Code.
Cal/OSHA is authorized to enforce these requirements.
Jackson Lewis notes that this new law doesn’t relieve employers from conducting any other training required by Cal/OSHA.