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The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously adopted emergency temporary standards on Thursday to protect workers from hazards related to COVID-19. The emergency standards will be in effect immediately if approved by the Office of Administrative Law in the next 10 calendar days.
The temporary standards will apply to most workers in California, and will require employers to have a written COVID-19 prevention plan that includes:
If approved by the OAL, the full text of the adopted emergency standards will be published, and the board will have two opportunities to readopt the temporary standards.
More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.
A circuit court denied on Thursday a petition filed by labor unions that would have forced the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an emergency safety rule to address COVID-19.