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Employers must stock N95 masks

Soon, according to Cal/OSHA’s new standards, every California business must make available N95 respirator masks and COVID-19 testing supplies for unvaccinated staff. Ensure that your workplace is prepared and in compliance by stocking NIOSH-certified respirators.

We’ve assembled this guide to the new regulations for you, and more N95 resources.

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What are Cal/OSHA’s new standards for employers?

On June 17, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, announced a new version of the occupational safety regulations for employers in California. The changes are in line with the latest guidance from the CDPH and CDC, and take effect on July 31, 2021.

The revisions include several major changes, including:

For additional questions, please see Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions.

The new standards will officially take effect beginning July 31, while other temporary standards for the use of PPE that took effect last November will remain unchanged: “[Employers must continue to] provide and ensure use of eye protection and respiratory protection in compliance with section 5144 when employees are exposed to procedures that may aerosolize potentially infectious material.”

Cal/OSHA considers an individual fully vaccinated if at least 14 days have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine, or the last in a two-dose vaccine. The employer must also possess documentation of the vaccination in question.

N95 Respirators Required in California

N95 masks in high demand

The growing demand for N95 respirators has caused shortages across the country that have yet to subside. In early 2021, about 87% of medical providers said they were still forced to reuse N95 masks, and most reported they were either out of masks or less than a week away from having none left.

Additionally, as in other states, the new regulations from Cal/OSHA specify that single-layer fabric face coverings are now excluded from the definition of face covering. A ‘face covering’ is now legally defined as a surgical mask, medical procedure mask, or respirator. These new specifications align with the CDC’s endorsement of N95 respirators as the front line of protection from viruses.

In an explanation on proper use of PPE, the CDC, states that N95 respirator masks provide the best protection because they “[…] reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles, from small particle aerosols to large droplets. N95 respirators are tight-fitting respirators that filter out at least 95% of particles in the air, including large and small particles.”

Now is the time to make sure that your workplace is prepared for the new regulations by having respirators on hand. Companies and healthcare providers nationwide trust MediDent Supplies for their face covering and COVID testing supplies. Browse MediDent’s thorough selection of PPE and sanitization supplies today and ensure your workplace is safe and prepared for the new standards.

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