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20 Oct

October 2021: Cal/OSHA Slightly Relax Their ETS Self-Quarantine Requirements for Asymptomatic, Unvaccinated Workers

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Update Applicable to:

All employers in California.

What happened?

On September 21, 2021, Cal/OSHA updated their frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the emergency temporary standards (ETS) to incorporate new guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that will relax self-quarantine requirements for asymptomatic, unvaccinated workers.

What are the details?

The guidance from the CDPH, announced September 9, 2021, was incorporated into the Cal/OSHA ETS frequently asked questions (FAQ) on September 21, 2021, and provides information on a shorter quarantine option for asymptomatic unvaccinated employees. The CDPH recommends unvaccinated workers who have had close contact with COVID-19 and show no symptoms may discontinue their self-quarantine under the following conditions:

  • Quarantine can end after day ten from the date of last exposure without testing, or
  • Quarantine can end after day seven if a diagnostic specimen is collected on day five or later from the date of exposure and the test is negative.

In addition to the conditions above, during the 14 days after exposure, those who were in close contact should continue monitoring their symptoms, wear a mask when around others, wash their hands, avoid groups, and stay at least six feet from others. If the person develops symptoms within 14 days of exposure, they should self-isolate immediately and get tested.

For more information, please see the links below:


Updated CDPH Guidance

Self-Quarantine Instructions

Article 1

Article 2

What do employers need to do?

Employers should review the links above and make any applicable changes to their COVID-19 and quarantine policies.


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