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Cal/OSHA withdraws revisions to emergency standards; dental practices should continue to comply with standards that took effect November 2020

Update: New revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards took effect June 17

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The Cal/OSHA Standards Board on June 9 voted to withdraw the revisions to its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards that the board approved June 3 and sent to the Office of Administrative Law for approval. Update: The board met again June 17 and approved new changes that took effect the same day after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order.

Update: New revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards took effect June 17. Read the CDA article.

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board on June 9 voted to withdraw the revisions to its COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards that the board approved June 3 and sent to the Office of Administrative Law for approval. 

Upon the OAL’s approval, several revisions would have taken effect June 15 to coincide with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen much of California’s economy.  

Now, with the California Department of Public Health announcing it will soon release new mask guidance, the standards board will review that new guidance, along with CDC guidance on masking, at its June 17 meeting and will likely propose new revisions to the emergency standards and submit those to the OAL for review (within 10 days). 

No new regulations will take effect June 15. The soonest any new regulations could take effect is the end of June. Until new emergency temporary standards are approved, dental practices should continue to comply with the ETS that took effect November 2020. CDA will keep members informed about updated Cal/OSHA regulations.