CAL/OSHA Updates and Extends the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS)
On December 16, 2021, CAL/OSHA readopted the COVID-19 ETS with some small changes. These new updates will take effect January 14, 2022. Here’s what you need to know:
• Modified Testing Requirements: Acceptable COVID-19 test are no longer allowed to be self-administered and self-read. However, employers or authorized telehealth proctors can observe a self-administered test. No-cost tests must be provided to employees if they had close contact, regardless of vaccination status.
• New Face Covering Definition: New verbiage says that all face coverings must be made of “fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source.” All masks that have been worn so far can still be worn as long as a light source can’t go through it. Gaiters are also permitted but must be worn in double layers or folder over to have double layers.
• “Worksite” gets Clarified: The removal of locations used for remote working has been taken out of the definition of a worksite. Employees that work remotely or away from co-workers no longer need to be notified of exposure risks and vice-versa.
• Exclusion from the Workplace: Not much has changed for the Fully Vaccinated that have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are in this category you can be back at work if you wear a face covering, have no symptoms, and social distance from others. If you are not fully vaccinated and come in close contact, you can return to work after 14 days from exposure if showing no symptoms. To return sooner, you are able to come back after 10 days from exposure if showing no symptoms but you must wear a mask and social distance from others. If you really need to work, you can return after 7 days from exposure if you show a negative COVID-19 test.
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