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December 1, 2020

OSHSB Issues Notice of Emergency Regulatory Action Regarding COVID-19 Worker Protection

Monday, November 30th, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) announced the approval of the Emergency Temporary Standards for COVID-19 Prevention by the Office of Administrative Law.

The emergency standards require that employers implement a site-specific written COVID-19 prevention program to address COVID-19 health hazards, correct unsafe or unhealthy conditions and provide face coverings. When there are multiple COVID-19 infections or outbreaks at the worksite, employers must provide COVID-19 testing and notify public health departments. The regulations also require accurate recordkeeping and reporting of COVID-19 cases.

Cal/OSHA has posted FAQs and a one-page fact sheet on these regulations, as well as a model COVID-19 prevention program. Employers are encouraged to participate in Cal/OSHA training webinars.

For questions, contact Matthew Allen at [email protected] or Jason Resnick at [email protected].