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Temporary California COVID-19 safety standard goes into effect

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A temporary COVID-19 workplace safety standard went into effect in California on Monday, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.

The 21-page standard, adopted Nov. 19, outlines mandatory requirements for employers to protect their workers from coronavirus.

The standard, which will expire Oct. 2, 2021, mandates a written COVID-19 prevention program, including procedures for employees to report symptoms; identification of hazards, including interactions and activities that could pose exposure hazards for workers; a process for investigating positive cases, contact tracing, and the requirement that workers who have potentially been exposed be notified within one business day.

The standard also requires employers to pay for face coverings and testing for workers potentially exposed to COVID-19 at the workplace, to develop a hazard abatement plan, and to ensure six feet of distance between workers unless the employer can prove that it is not possible, and to train workers about COVID-19, personal protective equipment and hygiene.

More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here