Yesterday the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) convened an emergency meeting to change direction on a vote they made last week.
On June 3rd, CalOSHA adopted a revised Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) after Governor Newsom’s decision to reopen the economy on June 15. Although less restrictive than the previous standard, it still deviated from recommendations by the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) by requiring all workers to wear masks after June 15 unless 100% of the employees are vaccinated.
After receiving intense backlash from both businesses and employees, the Cal/OSHA Board last night directed staff to update the standards to be more in line with the CDPH. They will vote on this updated standard at their next board meeting June 17th, which will go into effect June 28.
This means that the current ETS, voted on last November, will remain in place until the end of June. It is unclear what the new revisions will look like and it is possible the Governor can issue an Executive Order overriding the Cal/OSHA board all together.
BizFed is watching the developments closely and will keep members apprised of any new information.
Chris Dombrowski, Chief Deputy Director of GO-Biz, will be attending BizFed’s board meeting next Tuesday to discuss the June 15 reopening day and what businesses can expect, including the CalOSHA standard. If you would like to join, RSVP for our board meeting here.
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