Standards Board Adopts Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously adopted emergency temporary standards to protect workers from hazards related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency standards take effect immediately if approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) within the next 10 calendar days.

The temporary standards apply to most workers in California not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standards. Under the new regulations, employers must have a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan that addresses critical areas including a system for communicating information to employees about COVID-19 procedures, identification and evaluation of COVID-19 hazards, investigating and responding to COVID-19 cases in the workplace, and other applicable COVID-19 precautions.

A full news release is available here. A copy of the adopted emergency, temporary regulations is available here.