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Cal/OSHA to Vote this Week on ETS

by Jennifer Shaw | | April 18, 2022

On April 21, 2022, Cal/OSHA may adopt a third version of its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). (I know. California has lifted most COVID-19 requirements. But…) The current version of the ETS expires on May 6, 2022. The third adoption apparently will include the following changes:

  • Elimination of the “light test” for masks
  • Removal of various cleaning and disinfection requirements
  • The creation of a new category, “returned case,” referring to employees who return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 that do not develop symptoms after their return (employers are not required to make COVID-19 testing available to these individuals)
  • A statement that the CDPH’s guidance applies instead of the ETS with respect to exclusion and return-to-work

This third adoption cannot be extended beyond December 31, 2022, and will be the last ETS in effect.

I will let you know what happens at the meeting.

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