Revised Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Rules: What Employers Need to Know

In November 2020, when the pandemic was near its most severe point, the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) set forth a package of rules designed to create a uniform standard for COVID-19 prevention and outbreak mitigation in the workplace. 
These standards, also referred to as Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), create such rules as requiring employers to draft a written COVID-19 prevention plan, as well as dictating when face coverings must be worn in the workplace, when testing must occur, and when employers must exclude employees from the workplace due to infection or close contact with an infected employee. The original ETS went into effect on November 30, 2020, and was revised on June 17, 2021, and again on January 14, 2022. 
Most recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) — the standards-setting agency within Cal/OSHA — voted for a third readoption of the ETS, which was effective May 6, 2022, and will extend through the end of the year.  
Download CalChamber's free "Revised Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Rules: What Employers Need to Know" white paper to learn more about what has and hasn't changed and to help you navigate COVID-19-related workplace rules.
Published May 10, 2022

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