Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Guidance Finally Aligns with National Policy

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Our last blog posting mentioned the fact that  Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 regulations have been out-of-step with federal policy. Things have since changed. Just yesterday (Thursday, June 17), Cal/OSHA updated its Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) to align with federal policy—and the pandemic’s trajectory. For California employers, this is welcome news.

Among other things, the new rules mean that:

  • Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face-covering indoors (except in exceptional circumstances).
  • Employees do not need to wear face coverings outdoors regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Social (physical) distancing of employees has been eliminated for fully vaccinated employees (again: except in certain circumstances).

Interestingly, the new regulations require employers to document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if those employees are bare-faced indoors. At present, however, Cal/OSHA has not indicated the manner in which this status should be documented. We will provide an update as needed.

For an official summary of Cal/OSHA’s revisions, please click here. A full copy of Cal/OHSA’s revisions is available here.

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