November 23, 2020

California Standards Board Passes Sweeping Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation

On November 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted unanimously to pass the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA or the “Division”) Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulation. 

Employers must immediately review their Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Plans to ensure compliance with the new regulation, which will likely take effect around the first week of December. The new regulation mandates several more onerous, potentially confusing requirements that employers must include in their COVID-19 Prevention Plans for effective implementation.

What is Included in the Regulation?

The emergency regulation standard consists of five sections of which employers should be aware, addressing COVID-19 prevention, multiple COVID-19 infections and COVID-19 outbreaks, major COVID-19 outbreaks, COVID-19 prevention in employer-provided housing, and COVID-19 prevention in employer-provided transportation to and from work.

Full details can be found by clicking here.

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by Brooke Fishel, Director of Labor Relations