21 Jan

January 2021: Cal/OSHA Updates FAQs for COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

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Update Applicable to:
Most California employers. Excluded are workplaces with one employee, workplaces that are now working remote, and employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases regulation.

What happened?
California Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) further updated its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions in an attempt to provide more clarification and answer questions the agency has received about the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that went into effect November 30, 2020.

What are the details?
The new questions touch on the following subject:

  • Exclusion Pay and Benefits
  • Testing
  • Exposed Workplace/Outbreaks
  • Return-to-Work Criteria
  • Possible Critical Infrastructure Waivers
  • Enforcement
  • Physical Distancing
  • Vaccines

The full FAQ can be found here.

Specifically, the new questions and answers are listed at the bottom of the webpage under the “FAQ Revision and Updates” header.

What do employers need to do?
An employer with questions regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards should review the FAQ to see if they have addressed their concern.

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