California Update

June 8, 2021

The last few weeks have seen seismic shifts in the COVID-19 workplace safety landscape. Below is a state-by-state summary of some of the most important changes (and continued requirements):

On June 3, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board readopted Cal/OSHA’s  COVID-19 emergency standards, with revisions to better align with the state’s June 15 goal to re-open.

The revised emergency standards are expected to go into effect no later than June 15 if approved by the Office of Administrative Law in the next 10 calendar days, with some provisions becoming effective on July 31, 2021. 

The Standards Board was divided over whether to adopt the proposed changes to the revised emergency standards due to concerns over the requirement that employers provide unvaccinated employees with “respirators” (N95 masks), beginning on July 31, 2021.

The Standards Board nevertheless voted to adopt the revised emergency standards with the possibility of revising the standards as its next meeting on June 17, 2021. The Standards Board convened a subcommittee to work with Cal/OSHA on a proposal for further updates to the standard. 

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