Index of DIR COVID-19 Information

Changes to Emergency Temporary Standards

Following the June 17 vote by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to allow the revisions to immediately take effect on June 17. The revised regulations reflect the state’s latest COVID-19 public health guidance. The updates include changes to face coverings and physical distancing requirements. More information on the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards can be found in Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions.

In California, employers are required to take steps to protect their workers from COVID-19. DIR has developed these resources to provide employers and workers information on workplace safety requirements, paid sick leave, workers' compensation and other labor laws.

Use of Face Covering While Visiting DIR Offices

In accordance with the California Department of Public Health’s face covering guidance, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires the use of cloth face coverings in all indoor spaces for all persons who are not fully vaccinated with limited exceptions outlined in the guidance. Vaccinated persons are not required to wear a face covering in indoor DIR spaces but are encouraged to do so if they prefer.

When local public health orders specific to the region have stricter requirements on the use of face coverings, then DIR employees and all visitors in DIR spaces must comply with those requirements with limited exceptions outlined in CDPH’s guidance.

Guidance on Cal/OSHA temporary emergency standards on COVID-19:

Frequently Asked Questions

August 2021