On September 15, 2022, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“CAL/OSHA”) will hold a public hearing to address its draft proposed COVID-19 Permanent Standard regulations (“Permanent Standard”). As it appears likely that the state’s COVID-19 protocols are here to stay for the foreseeable future, California employers will need to continue to comply with the state’s COVID-19 regulations and enforce them in the workplace.
Unlike the Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) that are currently in effect, the Permanent Standard does not state that employers must maintain a written COVID-19 Prevention Program (“CPP”). However, the Permanent Standard does say that an employer’s COVID-19 procedures must either be addressed in the employer’s written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (“IIPP”) or maintained in a separate document. As such, it appears that employers should either maintain their CPP or incorporate it into their IIPP. Under the current ETS, the employer’s prevention program must address the following list of COVID-19-specific training:
As it is highly likely that CAL/OSHA will soon adopt most, if not all of its proposed COVID-19 Permanent Standard regulations, California employers should plan on maintaining their COVID prevention programs, including a complaint workplace training program. Clear Law Institute’s interactive online COVID-19 Safe Workplace training helps employers navigate the rapidly evolving requirements and comply with CAL/OSHA’s mandatory training guidelines, as well as other state and federal requirements.
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