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COVID 19 Updating!

Alert!  Humboldt County Masking Order

Don’t get too excited…Indoor Masking has not been lifted yet!  It has come to our attention that folks, having read the press release from Humboldt and Del Norte counties, believe that ALL masking ends Monday the 8th.  Below is a lightly edited copy of the press release to make the new order a little clearer…read on!

Outdoor masking to be lifted November 8th, 2021. 

Indoor masking is NOT being lifted, until ALL the following occur:

  1. Consistently low and stable COVID-19 cases by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data tracker
  2. Consistently low and stable hospital impact of respiratory viruses including COVID-19
  3. Improved community protection with vaccination.

Counties are offering guidelines to inform the public WHEN they can EXPECT local masking orders to be removed

From DHHS Indoor Masking Order dated November 8, 2021

SUMMARY OF THIS ORDER This Order requires all individuals to wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions, and recommends that businesses and events make face coverings available to individuals entering these spaces.

NCSC will continue to require masking indoors in compliance with the County Public Health orders, as well as current Cal-OSHA ETS regulations.

ALERT! The Cal-OSHA Standards Board has voted - On June 17, 2021 the most recent revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standard on COVID are effective June 18, 2021, and were revised to align with CDC and CDPH guidance.   What are the big changes? 

-  No more social distancing, except in exceptional situations
-  If employees are fully vaccinated, they may go without masks
-  If employees are not vaccinated, they must wear masks provided by the employer
Employers must provide respirators if requested by an unvaccinated employee, or for employees working indoors or in vehcles with more than one person
-  Employers must document vaccination status, which can include self-attestation
-  No more partitions or barriers

There are of course more in the details, but those are the main points.  Members will receive a more detailed overview by email.  As the ETS goes into approval and enforcement, read the July Member Newsletter-Regulatory Journal, for more details on some of the grey areas, and what the new sub-committee will be looking at clarifying.

Stay healthy, get vaccinated! 

COVID 19 Related Notices & Information

New COVID 19 Emergency Standard - 3205

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal-OSHA board that sets regulations) has approved an emergency COVID standard approved by teh OAL late November 30th.  The new standard becomes effective immediately and will continue for 180 days, with 60 day extensions.  During the 180 days the Board may continue with rulemaking action, including a public comment period.

NCSC Director, Linda Kjesbu, attended the November 19 public meeting to bring your concerns to the Standards Board. Members can read about the public hearing in the November/December members newsletter-Regulatory Journal.

The regulation – a new section to Title 8, 3205 – follows much of what employers are already doing as contained in your COVID Exposure Plans (and Humboldt County Reopening plans required of all businesses).  However, they have added both “Multiple Outbreak” and “Major Outbreak” procedures – Multiple Outbreak defined as 3 or more, and Major Outbreak defined as 20 or more.  Some of those particular changes relate to notifying Public Health, and what information would be provided to them. These new rules would also provide for policies or procedures that address accommodations for employees at high risk, providing employees with information on access to COVID testing, doing a hazard assessment of interactions, tools used, tasks, etc. that could expose an employee, as well as return to work criteria.  Unfortunately, there still remains much grey area.  Please feel free to contact NCSC with any questions on the new rule.

For Members, please contact NCSC to review and update existing COVID Exposure Plans that were developed by NCSC.  This is provided as part of your membership.  If any of our non-member clients wish to have a consultation on developing a written program and setting up procedures for compliance with the new Standard, please drop us an email or a phone call, and we’d be happy to go over what the new guidance entails and get you ready for any visits from Cal-OSHA.