On November 30, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) adopted temporary emergency standards imposing additional COVID-19 protections for workers. The regulations include a number of requirements already applicable to employers in California, such as providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees, sending sick employees home, identifying and addressing workplace hazards, and notifying the local health department of a workplace outbreak. The standard requirements listed are very proscriptive and should be reviewed carefully along with the newly published frequently asked questions page. These emergency regulations will be in effect for 180 days unless extended or adopted through the normal rule-making process.
The most significant portions of the standard are included below.
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