COVID-19 Client Alerts:
Revised Cal/OSHA COVID Standards Adopted and Effective Now
- Fully-vaccinated employees need not wear masks, indoors or outdoors, except during an outbreak or other narrowly-defined circumstances. BUT – before fully-vaccinated employees shed their masks, employers must document that they are fully vaccinated.
- Employees who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks indoors, with limited exceptions like when they are eating/drinking or in a room by themselves. In addition, employers must provide respirator masks for unvaccinated employees if they request them. Employees who are not fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks outdoors, except during an outbreak or other narrowly-defined circumstances.
- Employers may not prevent employees from wearing a mask voluntarily and may not retaliate against employees who choose to do so.
- Keeping copies of employees’ vaccine cards
- Asking to see employees’ vaccine cards and keeping a list
- Asking the employees to “self-attest” as to their status
- Fully-vaccinated employees without symptoms need not be tested or excluded from the workplace after “close contact” with a COVID-19 case.
- Testing is required during working time and at no cost to:
- Unvaccinated employees
- after an exposure to a COVID-19 case
- in an outbreak
- when the employee has symptoms
- Vaccinated employees who develop symptoms after an exposure to a COVID-19 case
- On the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 and protecting against transmission;
- On the fact that respirator masks protect the wearer while regular masks primarily protect people around the wearer;
- The conditions under which face masks must be worn at work; and
- The availability of respirator masks.