CalOSHA COVID 19 Updated FAQ

CalOSHA updated its COVID 19 FAQ document yesterday.  While not a lot changed, there are a couple of clarifications worth noting.

Addressing COVID-19 Cases in the Workplace:

Q: Section 3205(c)(9) states that after close contact, vaccinated employees and recently recovered employees must use face coverings and physically distance at least six feet for 14 days. Is this still the case? A: No, these requirements are overridden by CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance pursuant to Executive Order N-84-20. For more information on this topic, please refer to the section in this FAQ on CDPH’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.


Q: How can an employer comply with the testing requirement in the January 14 ETS? A: To comply with the testing requirements of the ETS, over-the-counter (OTC) tests may not be both self-administered and self-read unless observed by the employer or an authorized telehealth proctor. This independent confirmation can be accomplished in multiple ways. For example, the employer can validate the test through the use of a proctored test that is supervised by a licensed, authorized telehealth provider via video proctoring, or by a point-of-care test provider. Alternatively, the employer could proctor the OTC test itself, including by video. Another option to meet the requirement that a test is not “self-read” is to use an OTC test that features digital reporting of date and time-stamped results. These tests do not require observation by an employer or telehealth proctor.

An at-home test can only be used to return to work if it’s observed by the employer.

The updated document can be found here – COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions (

If you have any questions, please email

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