October 7, 2021

Change to Cal/OSHA ETS Self-Quarantine Requirements

On September 21, 2021 Cal/OSHA updated its current emergency temporary standards (ETS) FAQs to incorporate newly released guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

One of the most notable changes is the relaxing of existing quarantine requirements for unvaccinated, asymptomatic workers. The updated ETS now offers alternative quarantine periods for asymptomatic unvaccinated workers that is more in keeping with CDPH recommendations.

Impacted workers now have the option to end quarantine either 10 days after exposure or 7 days after exposure with a negative COVID test. There is one caveat: The diagnostic specimen must be collected for testing at least 5 days from the date of exposure. Employers must also keep in mind that if they prevent an employee from complying with the shorter quarantine period the longer ETS quarantine period will still apply.

We will continue to monitor ETS updates and revisions and report on them in this space. Members with questions about the ETS or CDPH recommendations should contact Western Growers.