Non-emergency regulations designed to keep California workers safe from COVID-19 were approved Saturday and will be enforceable for the next two years.
The California Department of Industrial Relations announced that the Covid-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations requiring employers to protect workers from the risks of the coronavirus went into effect after they were approved by the Office of Administrative Law.
The rules will be in effect through February 3, 2025, with a filing requirement of February 3, 2026.
Employers are required to take additional active measures to protect workers from exposure to covid-19, including maintaining injury and illness prevention programs that address covid-19 as a workplace risk and include mitigation measures, and making covid- 19 tests available free of charge to employees regardless of vaccination status.
The regulations also force employers to review health department guidance to ensure proper indoor ventilation in the workplace regardless of company size.