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STANDARDS BOARD ADOPTS AMENDMENTS TO COVID-19 PREVENTION EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARD (ETS) ON JUNE 17.


The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) adopted significant changes to the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) at its June 17 meeting. The new Standard is now in effect following Governor Gavin Newsom's Executive Order N-09-21


Cal/OSHA has already published significant new guidance to educate employers and workers on the requirements of the newly revised ETS. The extensive FAQs are an important resource for employers to review when transitioning from the ETS adopted on November 30, 2020 to the new requirements. Particular attention should be paid to provisions regarding face coverings, respirators, and who is a "fully vaccinated" worker.


As noted by the Governor and the OSHSB, part of the purpose of the new regulations is to align the requirements of the ETS will new guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH REVISES REQUIREMENTS TO REFLECT JUNE 15 REOPENING 

As of June 15, 2021, Governor Newsom terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

A new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


As is the case with the FAQs from Cal/OSHA, the information available from the CDPH at its COVID-19 website is important for employers to review as California sees higher rates of vaccination among the population. Particular attention should be given to information for businesses addressing a number of important issues related to vaccinations,