The California Board of Health and Safety at work unanimously adopted temporary emergency standards on Thursday to protect workers from COVID-19 risks. The emergency standards will apply immediately if they are approved by the Office of Administrative Law within the next ten calendar days.
The temporary standards will apply to most workers in California and require employers to have a written COVID-19 prevention plan. which includes:
- A system for communicating information to employees about COVID-19 prevention procedures, testing, symptoms, and diseases, including a system for employees to report exposures without fear of retaliation.
- Identification and evaluation of hazards, which includes screening of employees for symptoms and identification of workplace conditions and methods that may lead to potential exposure.
- Investigation and response to COVID-1
- Correction of COVID-19 hazards.
- Physical distance cing.
- Facial coatings, both providing cover and ensuring that they are worn.
- Adoption of site-specific strategies such as workplace changes and work schedules and provision of personal protective equipment to reduce exposure to the virus.  Positive requirements for COVID-19 cases and disease registration.
- Removal of COVID-19 exposed workers and COVID-19 positive workers from the workplace with measures to protect wages and benefits.
- Criteria for employees to return to work after recovery from COVID-19.
- Requirements for testing and reporting public health departments on workplace outbreaks (three or more cases in a workplace during a 14-day period) and major outbreaks (20 or more cases within a 30-day period)
- Special requirements for the prevention of infection in homes and transport to and from work provided by employers.
If the OAL is approved, the full text of the adopted emergency standards will be published and the board will have two options to resume the temporary standards.
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