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Cal/OSHA posts more revisions to temporary standard


The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has released another round of revisions to its COVID-19 emergency temporary standard in anticipation of passage at its meeting Thursday.

These changes follow revisions passed by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board on June 3 after a nine-hour meeting that were revoked one week later.

The newly altered ETS, which was posted on the Cal/OSHA site Friday night, removes certain testing and respirator requirements, as well as masking and social distancing restrictions for fully vaccinated workers.

The June 3 revision mandated that employers provide N95 masks for unvaccinated workers; the new changes would require non-vaccinated employees to wear a surgical mask, medical procedure mask, fabric masks with at least two layers or an N95, all of which must be provided if requested at no cost to workers.

The recent changes removed social distancing and masking requirements for documented vaccinated workers, and employers would no longer be required to test vaccinated workers in the case of a workplace exposure unless they are symptomatic. The June 3 revised ETS required testing of all workers exposed at a workplace during an outbreak.

Finally, the June 11 standards would eliminate the requirement that employers provide detailed contact information to the local health department regarding employees who test positive for COVID-19.

The board will vote on the revisions to the ETS at its meeting Thursday.

More insurance and workers compensation news on the coronavirus crisis here.







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