Cal/OSHA Board Approves Non-Emergency Regulation

On December 15, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) adopted non-emergency COVID-19 prevention regulations formerly known as the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The non-emergency regulations will take effect once they are approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) this coming January, 2023. They are to remain in effect for two years after the effective date, except for the recordkeeping subsections that will remain in effect for three years. The most notable changes are as follows:

  • Employers will no longer need to provide a separate COVID-19 workplace plan but must now incorporate previous COVID-19 response policies, worker protections, trainings and reporting requirements within their respective Injury and Illness Prevention Plans (IIPPs).
  • This new regulation also provides definition changes to “close contact” and “exposed group”. To see Cal/OSHA’s official guidance, click here.

Cal/OSHA will provide an FAQ on this new regulation soon. CCM staff will provide the FAQ to members as soon as its available. For questions regarding this update please refer to Jacob Villagomez at

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