LOS ANGELES — Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has released a statement announcing the postponement of a California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) meeting to update local COVID-19 protocols, which will also delay changes to the current FSC advisory on adult set protocols.
On Thursday, May 20, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board tabled its planned vote on revisions to its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS).
This was after a memo was sent Wednesday, May 19 by Cal/OSHA Deputy Chief Eric Berg that requested they postpone the re-adoption vote in order to incorporate new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Health and Human Services Agency.
The board instead requested a new draft of proposed regulations to be voted on in a special session of the standards board on June 3, 2021.
Cal/OSHA has until Friday, May 28 to publish the draft proposal.
PASS had planned to release updated COVID-19 industry production guidelines, including vaccination and testing updates, that would have been compliant with the proposed Cal/OSHA standards, but will now wait to release them until we have been able to assess the new revisions.
PASS issued COVID-19 guidance in June 2020 as a compilation of the latest available information and best practices from health agencies, governmental agencies, industry, and technical professional opinions for the industry to protect its workers.
PASS uses California regulation as its benchmark for the guidance we issue to help ensure consistent protections and compliance across the industry.
However, we know that many of you do not operate in California, and even those that do might be subject to different local laws and regulations.
In accordance with the CDC, “All employers should implement and update as necessary a plan that:
- Is specific to your workplace,
- Identifies all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to SARS-CoV-2, and
- Includes control measures to eliminate or reduce such exposures.
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