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Cal/OSHA Passes Amended COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

On May 20, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board delayed a vote on proposed changes to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). At that time, the board claimed it would revise the ETS to address updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for fully vaccinated people. However, the revised ETS passed by the board late on June 3 falls short of following all of the CDC’s newest guidance and takes a more restrictive approach than previously proposed revisions.

The amended ETS will be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and the OAL has 10 calendar days to approve, just in time for the reopening of California on June 15. It is assumed the ETS will be approved by the OAL.

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