After some recent back and forth on revisions to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) finally adopted the most recent revisions on June 17, 2021.
On the same day, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order so the revisions could take effect without the Office of Administrative Law’s normal 10-day review period — meaning the revised standards also took effect on June 17.
“We are grateful for the clarifications made today by Cal/OSHA and the governor on key issues with regard to eliminating mask requirements for vaccinated employees in most settings, eliminating social distancing requirements, and providing a straightforward method for employers to verify vaccination status,” CalChamber said in a statement. “These clarifications are what CalChamber advocated for and will help employers move forward and fully reopen.”
The COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard revisions include the following:
To help employers understand their obligations under the revised Emergency Temporary Standards, Cal/OSHA has an updated fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions. Cal/OSHA also is updating its model COVID-19 Prevention Program in English and Spanish, as well as information on planned webinars. Employers should keep an eye on the Emergency Temporary Standards webpage for these items.
Jessica Mulholland, Managing Editor, CalChamber
CalChamber members can read more about the COVID-19 emergency temporary standard in IIPP and COVID-19 in the HR Library. Not a member? See how CalChamber can help you.
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