Cal/OSHA Adopts Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Standard

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has adopted a temporary emergency standard for COVID-19. The standard protects California workers who are not covered by the state’s aerosol transmissible disease standards (Section 5199) from exposure to COVID-19. The standard went into effect Nov. 30, 2020, and is set to expire on Oct. 2, 2021.
 

California’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standard

The standard requires employers to develop and implement a written COVID-19 prevention program. The program can be part of the employer’s Injury and Illness Prevention program (IIPP) or maintained separately. The COVID-19 plan should address:
 

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