As you may know, there are 28 different Cal/OSHA standards that require employers to provide certain tests or examinations at regularly scheduled intervals, often times on an annual basis, depending on the hazards that are present in the work place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many questions raised on whether or not these annual tests and examinations should be postponed. The short answer is that it depends on the type of test or examination that needs to be performed.
Cal/OSHA has created a resource, which is available here, that helps to outline which tests or examinations may be able to be postponed, especially if there isn’t a safe way to perform the test. It is important to consult with a physician or other licensed health care professional (PLHCP) in order to make the determination that the exam is not urgently needed, and can therefore be delayed. If the test or examination is delayed, it is recommended to have proper documentation in place which explains why the test was delayed, along with the written plan of what the employer will do to catch up on the tests or examinations when they once again become safe to perform.
If you would like to read more about this temporary guidance by Cal/OSHA, click this link to be directed to their website. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Risk Control staff.