Employment attorney clarifies new Cal/OSHA COVID-19 safety standards
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Cal/OSHA recently voted to revise COVID-19 safety standards in the work place.
It is unclear how and when the new rules will go into effect, but so far this much is clear, Annie Ellis, Employment Attorney at the Law Office of Annie M. Ellis, A.P.C., said:
Social distancing will have to remain into effect until July 31; until further notice, indoor employees must wear face coverings (a face shield alone is not enough), but there are a lot of exceptions; employers must provide respirators for unvaccinated employees for voluntary use and encourage its use when in a vehicle with another person for more than 15 minutes.
Again, it is unclear when these new rules will go into effect.
The new rule does not require or mandate vaccines, does not require collection of vaccine information (although some rules require that employers ask), and does not align itself with the CDC’s guidance on face covering requirements from May 2021.