Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board votes to adopt revised COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards; Governor Newsom signs executive order for immediate adoption
According to Laura Stock, Director of LOHP at UC Berkeley and member of the Cal/OSHA Standards Board, "We can’t forget the disproportionate impact of this pandemic on certain populations: low wage workers, people of color, and immigrants, many of whom are essential workers who continue to work while others of us were able to safely shelter at home. The vaccination rate actually mirrors that disparity. I want to reflect that these workers not only dealt with higher rates of infection, but a lot more abuse and stress and violence at the hands of the general public when trying to enforce these precautions."
Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face coverings except for certain situations during outbreaks and in settings where CDPH requires all persons to wear them. Employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face coverings indoors.
Employees are not required to wear face coverings when outdoors regardless of vaccination status except for certain employees during outbreaks.
Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated except where an employer determines there is a hazard for certain employees during major outbreaks.
Employees who are not fully vaccinated may request respirators for voluntary use from their employers at no cost and without fear of retaliation from their employers.
Although face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated employees with documented vaccination status, employees are explicitly allowed to wear a face covering without fear of retaliation from employers.