Cal/OSHA Issues New Guidance For Vaccinated Employees

On May 3, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance that fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.  On May 7, 2021, Cal/OSHA followed this lead and updated its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQs to reflect the change as follows:

Returning to Work

Cal/OSHA recommends that employees who are not fully vaccinated who had a COVID-19 exposure take a 14-day quarantine.  However, an exposed employee who is not fully vaccinated and who does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 may return to work after 10 days have passed since the date of the last known exposure.  CDPH provides additional guidance permitting health care workers, emergency response and social service workers to return to work after 7 days with a negative PCR test collected on day 5 after exposure when there is a critical staffing shortage.  

Quarantine Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Employees Exposed to COVID-19

An exposed employee who does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine.  

Re-Adoption of Emergency Temporary Standards

On May 7, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board published proposed amendments to the emergency regulation “COVID-19 PREVENTION.”  The Standards Board is expected to entertain comments from the stakeholders at the May 20, 2021 Standards Board hearing so stay tuned for further action by Cal/OSHA on the emergency regulation.

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