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CalChamber Asks Cal/OSHA to Delay Enforcing Emergency COVID-19 Rules

ByRobert Moutrie -

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) to delay enforcement of the emergency COVID-19 rules.

The emergency regulations went into effect on November 30, 2020, less than two weeks after the Cal/OSHA  Standards Board voted to adopt them. They apply to all employers with employees working outside the home (except health care employers covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard) and were enforceable immediately.

In a letter sent to Cal/OSHA officials on December 18, 2020 and at a virtual stakeholder meeting joined by more than 1,000 interested groups the same day, the CalChamber asked that enforcement be delayed until January 15, 2021 because employers were given no advance notice on what was required of them and many were struggling just to become familiar with compliance.

The regulations are separated into five compliance categories: COVID-19 Prevention Program; Outbreaks; Major Outbreaks; Employer-Provided Housing; and Employer-Provided Transportation.

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