COVID-19 SAFE WORKPLACE TRAINING
March 29, 2022
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):
As of the date of publication, the California Emergency Temporary Standard regarding COVID-19 in the workplace is still in effect.
On March 17, 2022, the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under the New York HERO Act ended. Private-sector employers are no longer required to implement their workforce safety plans. However, employers should ensure their plans remain up-to-date in preparation for any future designations.
On March 14, 2022, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“Oregon OSHA”) announced dramatic changes to its COVID-19 workplace safety requirements. While a new formal rule remains forthcoming, Oregon OSHA will now forego enforcement of large swaths of its current rule. Two primary requirements remain for general workplaces: employers must provide facial coverings and allow employees to wear them, and employers must pay for employees’ time and costs when requiring COVID-19 testing.
Washington’s universal indoor mask mandate ended at 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2022. This step is part of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s plan to move Washington to a less restrictive response to COVID-19. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries has published a summary of the COVID-19 requirements still in effect for workplaces.