Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Regulations Will Likely Continue in 2023
The current Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) expires at the end of 2022. But Cal/OSHA is not done with COVID-19 regulations. There is a Non-Emergency Regulation in process. The Standards Board recently published its proposed non-emergency regulation and announced a public hearing for September 15, 2022.
Though the proposal is a non-emergency regulation, the proposed text states the requirements would only remain in effect for two years, except for certain recordkeeping requirements.
Here are other highlights of the proposed regulation:
Directs employers to include COVID-19 procedures in their written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) or as a separate document.
As part of an employer’s COVID-19 procedures, an employer must provide training to employees regarding COVID-19
Employers must have effective methods and procedures for responding to COVID-19 cases in the workplace such as exclusion and quarantine requirements.
Employers will still have certain notice requirements regarding positive cases in the workplace.
Face covering requirements shall still follow California Department of Public Health requirements
One notable omission from the proposed regulation is exclusion pay, which was a very contentious requirement under the ETS.