California regulators on Thursday enacted non-emergency regulations to stop the transmission of the Covid-19 virus in the workplace.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted the non-emergency COVID-19 prevention regulations, which, if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, would remain in effect for the next two years.
The rules require employers to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace for employees by taking active steps to reduce exposure to covid-19.
Among the updated rules are mandates for companies to make COVID-19 testing available at no cost and during paid time for employees who experience close contact with someone who has the virus; review health department guidance to ensure proper ventilation for all indoor work spaces regardless of company size; and maintain a written injury and illness prevention program that addresses covid-19 as a workplace risk.
The Office of Administrative Law has 30 days to review the proposed rules before they take effect.
The current temporary emergency standards for the prevention of COVID-19 in California will remain in effect while the new proposed rules are reviewed.