I Want to Have a Safer and Healthier Workplace What supplies do I need to provide to prevent the spread of the virus?

The latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health does not require face coverings in workplaces except in specified high-risk settings, including healthcare settings, public transit and transportation hubs, correctional facilities, and shelters. When the CDPH or local health department requires use of face coverings, the employer must provide them to employees at no cost and ensure they are properly used.

Employers may still require the use of face coverings as a prevention measure.

In addition, employers must still require certain employees to wear face coverings during a workplace outbreak of COVID-19 and in employer-provided transportation.

Employees may request face coverings and respirators such as N95 masks for voluntary use from their employers. Employers must provide the requested face coverings and respirators at no cost to the employees.

It is illegal for employers to retaliate against any worker for using a face covering.

Employers are required to evaluate the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to COVID-19. What PPE you must provide will depend on your employees' risk of exposure.

Your written plan on preventing workplace safety and health hazards must include training on any personal protective equipment.

Examples of PPE include:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Face shields

All types of PPE must be:

  • Selected based upon the hazard to the worker.
  • Properly worn when required.
  • Regularly inspected, maintained and replaced, as necessary.
  • Properly removed, cleaned, and stored or disposed of to avoid contamination of self, others, or the environment.

May 2022