Tag: California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board

California Adopts Indoor Heat Safety Rule

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved an indoor heat standard on June 20 to protect indoor workers from heat illness, the state Department of Industrial Relations announced June 21. The state already has an outdoor heat illness prevention standard. The new regulation requires that indoor workplaces be cooled to below 87 degrees Fahrenheit, […]

California Board Weighing Readoption of Emergency Silica Rule

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets May 16 to consider readopting the state’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) for occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica. The board adopted an ETS on December 14, 2023, which became effective December 29, to protect workers in the stone fabrication industry from silicosis. California’s permanent silica standard […]

California Issues Emergency Silica Standard

On December 14, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) approved an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for respirable crystalline silica to protect workers from silicosis, the state Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced. The ETS goes into effect on December 29. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) proposed the ETS […]

California Revises Indoor Heat Standard Proposal

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB), which sets workplace safety and health standards for the state, released revised text of its draft standard for heat illness prevention in indoor spaces. The board updated its draft standard in response to comments made in an earlier draft. Changes to the proposed regulation include: Comments […]

California Adopts Nonemergency COVID-19 Rules

On December 15, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted nonemergency COVID-19 prevention regulations. The state’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETSs) remain in effect while the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) reviews the nonemergency regulations. The OAL has 30 days to conduct its review, but once approved, the nonemergency rules remain in […]

California COVID-19 ETS Set to Expire, ‘Nonemergency’ Rule in the Works

With California’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS) set to expire at the end of the year, the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is considering a “nonemergency” regulation. The standards board meets at 10 a.m. on December 15 but has no public hearing items on its agenda. The rule’s requirements for employer safeguards would […]

California Board Weighing COVID-19 ETS Renewal

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets December 16 to consider readoption of the state’s COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS). The ETS, originally adopted in November 2020, was readopted June 17 and expires January 14, 2022. Under California administrative law, emergency standards remain in effect for 180 days, but the board may twice […]

California Standards Board Weighing COVID-19 ETS Readoption

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) will meet November 19 to consider readoption of a revised COVID-19 emergency temporary standard (ETS). The board approved an initial ETS in November 2020. Under California administrative law, emergency standards remain in effect for 180 days. The board may twice readopt temporary standards for an additional […]

California Weighing COVID-19 ETS Renewal

While White House officials continue to review a planned federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 vaccination or testing tied to employment, California regulators are working on renewing the state’s COVID-19 ETS. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) is considering a second readoption of the state’s COVID-19 prevention ETS and released an […]