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Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Permanent Standards Comment Period Closes September 15

By Vanessa Gonzales posted 08-29-2022 02:40 PM

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The formal public comment period for the proposed Cal/OSHA permanent regulation governing COVID-19 safety for covered workplaces will close on September 15, 2022, as discussed in more detail below.

The final version of this regulation is anticipated to be in place January 1, 2023, replacing the current Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) when it expires. Although it is called a “permanent standard” many provisions of this standard will be in place for two years.

  • A link to the draft permanent standard can be viewed here.
  • The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be viewed here.

The current ETS text, which will be replaced, can be found here:

A link to Cal/OSHA’s webpage addressing the various COVID-19 standards can be found here.

The draft language is now subject to a public comment period, commencing July 29, in connection with the rulemaking process.

Interested special districts may submit written comments to Cal/OSHA, relevant to the proposed regulatory action, which must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2022.

Comments may be submitted by e-mail to To keep CSDA informed of your perspective, please CC on your correspondence.  Your comment letter may alternatively be mailed to:

Sarah Money
Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
2520 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95833


CSDA recently joined a coalition letter seeking clarification of the new definition of “Close Contact” included in the draft permanent standard and elsewhere (FAQs can be viewed here).

CSDA anticipates providing additional comments on the draft permanent standard.

Look for additional updates in CSDA’s Advocacy News and weekly eNews.