Sunday, June 13, 2021

Protesters outside Cal-OSHA fight for consistency in mask guidelines

More than 40 residents of Orange County, California, are frustrated by the uncertainty of mask guidelines protested outside the Regional Business and Health (Cal-OSHA) in Santa Ana on June 10.

The previous day, on June 9, the agency’s board reversed a previously made decision to require all California employees to wear masks unless all people are vaccinated and do not show symptoms of the CCP virus.

The proposed rules also scrap physical distance requirements if employers make N-95 respirator mask available to non-vaccinated workers.

Cal-OSHA’s proposal has been criticized for its contradictory approach to state and CDC masking regulations. The special meeting of June 9 was held to reverse their decision. However, the board will reconsider the issue at a future meeting.

Cathy Kubo, one of the organizers of the rally and a member of Orange County Informed and United, called Cal-OSHA’s proposed rules “horrible.”

“It’s ridiculous – if you have one person who has not been vaccinated, you should all wear masks,” Kubo told The Epoch Times.

According to Kubo, the regulations will put ‘pressure’ on individuals who do not want to be vaccinated, to prevent them ‘being the guy in the office who people say,’ you are the man who keeps us all masked. . ‘”

Laura O’Neal, a small business owner in Irvine, said the Cal-OSHA regulations would be stressful and cause divisions in the company’s culture.

“If employers are expected to treat employees differently based on vaccination status, it will set employees against each other,” she said.

‘We’re going to like these rallies more; we’re going to get more people here; and we will get more business owners. ”

Adam Beamish, owner of a construction company in Orange County, said the proposed rules put him in a dilemma. He is concerned that he may be sued by employees if he requires them to wear masks after June 15, as he would follow the proposed Cal-OSHA rules, but not the legal and CDC regulations.

“I hope at least we’ll join the CDC’s federal guidelines,” Beamish told The Epoch Times.

“At least we’re all on the same page and do not disagree with the guidelines.”

One of the participants in the rally, who works in human resources, said employers who need proof of vaccination are an ‘invasion of privacy’.

Whatever Cal-OSHA decides to go forward, “all employers will be obliged to comply … so we must continue this fight, we must take it to the state and ensure that they do not comply with these ridiculous regulations. not, “she said. said during the rally.

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