Employer Update – COVID-19 Workplace Standards
On June 17, Cal/OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board for the State of California, approved revised California workplace requirements (COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS)). These changes were made in conjunction with California moving ‘Beyond the Blueprint‘, fully reopening the economy and lifting most public COVID-19 restrictions on June 15.
These updated workplace regulations are in line with the state’s latest COVID-19 public health guidance, which takes into account current levels of COVID-19 and vaccination rates. The updates include changes to face coverings and physical distancing requirements.
Key requirements in updated workplace regulations:
- Employers should continue to have a written COVID-19 Prevention Program
- Fully vaccinated employees are not required to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors
- Not fully vaccinated employees are required to wear face masks indoors, but not outdoors
- Employers must have approved respirators available for employees (includes N95 masks)
- All employees and patrons may continue to wear masks if they like, and shall be protected from retaliation and discrimination
- Employers required to document employee’s vaccination status, may require proof or allow employees to self-certify
- Physical distancing and barriers not required for employees, regardless of vaccination status (except during major outbreak)
- Employers must evaluate ventilation systems to maximize outdoor air and increase filtrations efficiency, and evaluate the use of additional air cleaning systems
- Employers should continue to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms
- Employers should continue to offer testing after potential exposures.
- Employers should continue to support and allow sick employees to isolate themselves and quarantine if necessary, (California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave)
- Employers should continue to track COVID-19 cases and report outbreaks via the California Department of Public Health Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking (SPOT).
- Businesses may continue to require patrons wear a mask; or require that they provide proof of vaccination, or self-certify their vaccination in order to not wear a mask.
- NOTE – not a comprehensive list of requirements. For full details, view Cal/OSHA ETS.
Businesses can learn more in Cal/OSHA’s Frequently Asked Questions, see a handy powerpoint overview in the Alameda County Public Health’s Employer Update, or by attending upcoming Cal/OSHA webinars on June 25, June 29, and July 1. Employers can also contact the Cal/OSHA Oakland District Office at DOSHOAK@dir.ca.gov or 510-622-2916 with questions. Information is available in multiple languages.
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