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California’s non-emergency COVID-19 rules now in effect

Rules effective through February 3, 2025

Posted February 10, 2023

California’s COVID-19 prevention non-emergency regulations, which require employers to protect workers from the hazards related to COVID-19, took effect February 3. Notable provisions include:

  • COVID workplace measures: Employers may address COVID-19 workplace measures within their written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) or in a separate document.
  • Close contact definition: Close contact is determined by looking at the size of the workplace, as set forth in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) State Public Health Officer Order.
  • Infectious period definition: Infectious period is defined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) State Public Health Officer Order.
  • COVID testing: Employers must make COVID-19 testing available at no cost and during employees’ paid time.
  • Ventilation: For indoor locations, employers must review applicable CDPH guidance and implement effective measures to prevent transmission through improved filtration and/or ventilation.

The regulations remain in effect until February 3, 2025, and the recordkeeping requirements remain in effect through February 3, 2026.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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