Cal/OSHA has recently announced that they will be extending the Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) through December 31, 2022. This current revision which took effect May 06, 2022  with some notable changes including:

  • The term, “fully vaccinated” has been removed from the ETS
  • Employers are no longer required to ensure that non-vaccinated employees are wearing a face covering while indoors and in vehicles
  • Cal/OSHA defers to the CDPH for  the definition of “Close Contacts”
  • Employers are no longer required to implement cleaning and disinfectant protocols

Cal/OSHA has also announced that they are in the process of a developing a permanent standard for Covid-19 prevention. Some changes in the draft permanent standard include:

  • Notice requirements have changed for employers. Employers will be required to give notice of potential close contact as soon as possible. This is a change from within one business day.
  • Confidential records of COVID-19 cases, close contacts, and outbreaks must be kept and maintained for a minimum of 2 years. These are to be made available upon immediate request by your local health department, Cal/OSHA, CDPH, & NIOSH.

If you are a school district, please click here to see our blog about updated K-12 guidance.

Should your district have any questions about these changes or the ETS, please reach out to your Account Manager or our Member Services Department.

To view the full ETS, click here.

To view the ETS FAQ Sheet, click here.

To view the proposed permanent standard, click here.