I Want to Have a Safer and Healthier Workplace What information must I provide my employees regarding COVID-19?
- What new COVID-19 laws should I be aware of?
- What safe and healthful work practices are required?
- What supplies do I need to provide to prevent the spread of the virus?
- What information must I provide my employees regarding COVID-19?
- What steps do I need to take to reopen safely?
You must provide effective training and instruction to your employees on the following:
- The employer's COVID-19 program requirements to protect employees from COVID-19 hazards and how employees can participate in the identification and evaluation of COVID-19 hazards.
- Information on COVID-19 including:
- COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can be spread through the air when an infectious person talks or vocalizes, sneezes, coughs, or exhales.
- That COVID19 can also be spread when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth, though that is less common.
- That an infectious person may have no symptoms.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is effective at preventing COVID-19 and protecting against both transmission and serious illness or death.
- Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
- The importance of not coming to work:
- If a worker has symptoms of COVID-19 as described by the CDC, such as a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, OR
- If a worker was diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not yet been released from isolation, OR
- If, within the past 14 days, a worker has had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is considered potentially infectious (i.e., still on isolation).
- To return to work after a worker receives a COVID-19 diagnosis only after meeting CDPH Guidance on Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis.
- To seek medical attention if their symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC's webpage.
- The importance of frequent handwashing with soap and water, including scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds (or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol (preferred) or 70% isopropanol (if the product is inaccessible to unsupervised children) when workers cannot get to a sink or handwashing station, per CDC guidelines). Never use hand sanitizers with methanol due to its high toxicity to both children and adults.Ensure any independent contractors, temporary, or contract workers at the facility are also properly trained in COVID-19 prevention policies and have necessary supplies and PPE. Discuss these responsibilities ahead of time with organizations supplying temporary and/or contract workers.
- Information on paid leave benefits the worker may be entitled to receive that would make it financially easier to stay at home. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and workers' compensation for COVID-19, including workers' sick leave rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
- The employer's policies for providing N95 respirators and the right for not fully vaccinated employees to request them for voluntary use without fear of retaliation and at no cost to employees. Employees voluntarily using N95 respirators must be trained on proper use and limitations.
More Resources:Cal/OSHA FAQs on emergency temporary COVID-19 prevention requirements