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

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), require employers to draft a written COVID-19 prevention plan, as well as dictate 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 remained unchanged until revisions to them — spurred by changing guidance for the general public from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) — were adopted on June 17, 2021. These revisions dramatically changed some rules, while leaving others in place — and they went into effect immediately per an executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

Cal/OSHA’s ETS guidance on isolation and quarantine was revised in October 2021 in response to new CDPH guidance on the issue.

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 January 3, 2022

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