Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Expediting Cal/OSHA’s Revised COVID-19 Regulations to Ensure Consistency with Public Health Guidance |…

Published: Jun 17, 2021

SACRAMENTOFollowing the vote by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards that reflect the states latest COVID-19 public health order, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order enabling the revisions to take effect without the normal 10-day review period by the Office of Administrative Law providing clarity and consistency for employers and employees as California fully reopens its economy.

Among other updates, Cal/OSHAs revisions align with thelatestguidance from the California Department of Public Health based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on face coverings and eliminate physical distancing requirements, except for certain employees during outbreaks. Unless they show symptoms, fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered testing or be excluded from work after close contact with a COVID-19-positive person.

Ensuring workplaces throughout the state have consistent guidance as California officially movesBeyond the Blueprint, the Governors order waives the 10-day review process by the Office of Administrative Law. The emergency regulations will take effect upon their filing with the Secretary of State.With over 40 million vaccines administered and amongst the lowest case rates and transmission rates in the nation, the state fully reopened on June 15, eliminating pandemic-related restrictions that have been in place over the past year.

Initially implemented last November, the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards remain an important component of the states ongoing response, providing balanced worker protections that support Californias continued progress in recovering from the pandemic.

Businesses seeking assistanceto provide N95 respirators for unvaccinated employees as required bythe revised Emergency Temporary Standards can find distribution locations for state-provided N95 respiratorshere.

The full text of todays executive order can be foundhere.

More information on the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards can be foundhere.

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