On Monday November 20, 2020, the Department of Industrial Relations issued a News Release announcing new Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations that have now been approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and are effective 12/1/2020. They will be inforce for 180 days unless extended. These new regulations essentially apply to all businesses and all employees except those working exclusively from home.
On 12/2/2020 Cal/OSHA released their frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the new regulations and their enforcement. The law allowed no time for employers to implement all of its requirements. As a consequence Cal/OSHA will give consideration to an employer that is making a good faith effort to comply.
Attached are links to 3 documents recently released as Emergency Temporary Standards by the Standards Board of Cal/OSHA to address COVID-19. The purpose of these are to provide a blueprint for California Employers to implement in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as well as increased testing, notification and recordkeeping requirements.
Standards Board Unanimously Adopts Emergency Temporary Standards (Use hyperlink below)
COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQs (use Hyperlink below)
Model COVID-19 Prevention Program (use