Guidance Released on Updated COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

As previously reported, on April 21, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) approved a third readoption of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to replace the current version, which was set to expire on May 6, 2022.

Just prior to the ETS’ expiration, the Office of Administrative Law approved the third ETS readoption and filed it with the California Secretary of State. The updated ETS will remain in effect through December 31, 2022.

Quickly after approval, Cal/OSHA posted fact sheets and updated its COVID-19 ETS FAQs to reflect the latest revisions that incorporate updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and make the ETS more flexible if changes are made to CDPH guidance in the future. Our previous ETS updates blog highlights the major changes, including changes to ETS definitions, revised testing and face covering rules, and updated return-to-work protocols.

The fact sheets posted include:

Employers should review the new guidance and monitor Cal/OSHA guidance and resources for further updates, including an updated COVID-19 Model Prevention Program, which will likely be posted soon.

James W. Ward, Employment Law Subject Matter Expert/Legal Writer and Editor

CalChamber members can use the updated COVID-19 Prevention Program Checklist and the COVID-19 Workplace Exposure Notification Checklists on HRCalifornia. Not a member? See what CalChamber can do for you.  

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