Revisions to Cal-OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards

6/21/2021

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased about the progress our State is making in regards to COVID-19 vaccinations (over two-thirds of eligible residents are either fully or partially vaccinated), and we appreciate your continued adherence to State and local public health guidelines.

As you may have heard, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) Standards Board voted on June 17 to adopt the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Governor Gavin Newsom then signed an Executive Order making these revisions effective immediately. These standards eliminated the requirement for barriers and physical distancing (in most cases), eliminated reduced capacity limits, and stated that fully vaccinated employees are not required to wear face coverings.

However, face coverings will continue to be required for all employees while working indoors until the CSU implements the Cal-OSHA vaccination documentation or self-certification requirement and the meet and confer process with our unions is completed.

Please be advised that the following requirements apply to all employees while working on-campus:

Face Coverings: 

  • Should be worn indoors at all times, unless in a private enclosed office with the door closed.
  • Should be worn outdoors at all times where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Employees who would like to request a face shield with a drape, or an N95 respirator to wear voluntarily (vaccinated or not), please refer to our online process link.

Physical Distancing:

  • While physical distancing and barrier requirements have been eliminated, employees must continue to maintain six feet of physical distancing if they are indoors and have removed their face coverings to eat or drink.

Meetings and Events: 

  • Meetings and on-campus events no longer have a capacity limit unless they meet the State requirement for a mega event (greater than 5,000 indoors and 10,000 outdoors).  Specific guidelines for campus events will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your cooperation and advocacy in complying with these new guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 559.278.7422 or via email at ehsrmsrequest@csufresno.edu. We will share further updates on the proposed CSU Vaccination Policy and Self-Certification procedures when available.


Kind Regards,

Debbie Adishian-Astone
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer