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The order also asks OSHA to strengthen its workplace enforcement efforts.
The agency is responsible for the health and safety of about 130 million workers in the U.S., employed at more than 8 million worksites.
OSHA has declined to create national rules during the pandemic.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has received more than 10,000 COVID-related complaints.
Nationally, there is no requirement to do so.
A California bill that would have extended those protections to house cleaners, nannies and elder care workers was vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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The state will make standards legally binding, where federal guidelines are mere recommendations.