The California Board of Occupational Safety and Health Board denied a petition Monday seeking a temporary emergency standard for COVID-19 protection for employees.
The petition, filed by the National Bar Association and nonprofit WorkSafe, asked the board to develop and ETS to establish protocols for workers not covered by the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health aerosol transferable disease standards, and to develop a permanent standard to protect workers from current and future infectious disease, including new pathogens.  The petitioners claimed that California "would die unnecessarily" without specific on-the-job measures in place, noting that the state of Virginia has adopted a COVID-1
said in its denial that a new provision "would place additional regulatory burdens on California companies that already comply with California's COVID-19 requirements and guidelines" and that Cal / OSHA's limited resources should focus on enforcement, consultation and outreach to employers with Deficient COVID-19 protection. "
The Board noted that the creation of new regulations was" not likely to improve employee performance " and rejected the petition.
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