The Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) are effective today, Jan. 14, with changes including:
Quarantine and other requirements vary depending on an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination and test status. Refer to the CDC's information on COVID-19 Booster Shots to determine who is booster-eligible.
Here’s what the ETS return-to-work guidance says.
All employees, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who have COVID-19 may end isolation:
Employees who are unvaccinated, or vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster dose, must quarantine until:
Employees must wear face coverings around others for a total of 10 days after exposure, especially in indoor settings.
If an exposed employee tests positive for COVID-19, they must follow the isolation requirements noted above.
If an exposed employee develops symptoms, they must be excluded pending the results of a test.
Again, for purposes of following this guidance, employers should refer to CDC's page on COVID-19 Booster Shots to determine who is booster eligible.
Employees who are boosted, or vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible, do not need to quarantine as long as they:
If employees develop symptoms, they must be excluded from the workplace pending the results of a test.
CDA is working with state agencies to ensure that future regulatory guidance includes an exemption to this more stringent requirement when respiratory protection is used.
In addition to the above, when an order to isolate, quarantine or exclude an employee is issued by a local or state health official, the employee shall not return to work until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted even if the order exceeds the specified exclusion requirements in the ETS or California Department of Public Health recommendation.
Dentists are reminded to comply with the most stringent guidance offered by local, state or federal agencies. For example, if a dentist’s city or county mandates a 10-day post-exposure quarantine, but a state or federal agency mandates a five-day quarantine, dentists must follow the stricter (10-day) local mandate. CDA has a resource to assist compliance with local public health orders.
When determining employee exposure, “close contact” is defined by Cal/OSHA as being within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period regardless of location, except if an individual is wearing a properly fitted respirator such as an N95.
CDA continues to work diligently on our members’ behalf, including with state dental director Dr. Jay Kumar, Cal/OSHA and the Newsom Administration to obtain the necessary clarification and guidance from the various regulatory agencies. We are working to reduce the confusion in the government guidelines and create tools to help practices manage workplace infection, staffing questions and patient management.
We will continue to advocate for guidance that acknowledges the safe infection-control practices in dental offices that have continued to protect dental teams and the public throughout the pandemic. We will confirm the information shared is accurate and useful.
CDA will provide updated tools and resources to assist compliance with the Cal/OSHA ETS. Please watch for additional information in the CDA newsroom and through CDA’s social media channels.
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