Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on COVID-19

coronavirus, healthcare worker, and washing hands

Face coverings required in public spaces

Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here.

The industry guidance below will be updated to reflect the revised policy on the use of face coverings.

Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to take steps to protect workers exposed to infectious diseases like the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is widespread in the community. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease.

Cal/OSHA recommends the guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans provided below be reviewed with an employer's existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected.

Note: These guidelines and materials are subject to change as information is received and the situation evolves.

Statewide Resources, Resilience Roadmap and County Variance Information

Cal/OSHA and other state agencies have developed guidance on the steps every business should take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at work. Cal/OSHA recommends employers review the guidance relevant to their worksites, county variance guidance and criteria, along with the guidance on Cal/OSHA requirements below and their existing safety procedures to ensure the workplace is protected from the spread of COVID-19.

California COVID-19 Resources and County Variance Information

Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workplaces from COVID-19

General Workforce

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Other Resources

  • COVID-19 Worker Protection Video – Worker Safety Message from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
    English  (Video Transcript) – Posted June 8, 2020
    Español  (transcripción de video en español) – Posted June 11, 2020
  • Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 – Updated May 14, 2020
    English
  • Know Your Rights: Safe and Healthy Workplace in California Video – Posted Apr. 28, 2020
    English

Health Care FacilitiesBack to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Hazard Alert: COVID-19 PPE Availability – Posted June 5, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance on Severe Respirator Supply Shortages – Updated June 12, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Hospital Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 22, 2020
    English | Español
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers at Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care Facilities – Updated Apr. 5, 2020
    English | Español | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Tagalog

Temporary Delays of Some Cal/OSHA Requirements

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Emergency Temporary Guidance about Cal/OSHA Standards Requiring Medical Surveillance Examinations and COVID-19 Risks – Posted June 5, 2020
    English
    • TABLE 1 – Mandated Surveillance Exams and Consideration of Temporary Delay due to COVID-19 Risks
      English

Posters Back to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Face Coverings, Masks and Respirators – Posted June 8, 2020
    English

Agriculture

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office, CDPH and CDFA

Automobile Dealerships Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Child Care

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office, CDPH and CDSS

Communications Infrastructure Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Construction

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Infection Prevention in Construction – Updated May 13, 2020
    English

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Campgrounds and Other Outdoor Recreation Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Energy and Utilities

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

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Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office, CDPH and CDFA

NOTE: Please also see the Cal/OSHA Grocery and Other Retail guidance below.

Gambling Facilities

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Grocery and Other RetailBack to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Grocery Employers – Posted May 12, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated May 26, 2020
    English
  • Infection Prevention in Grocery Stores – Updated May 26, 2020
    English | Español

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

NOTE: Retail doesn’t include personal services such as beauty salons, but does include the sale of goods such as:

  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Florists

Retail stores identified in the essential workforce list can open for in-store shopping. They include:

  • Retail facilities specializing in medical goods and supplies
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and other retail that sells food or beverage products, and animal/pet food
  • Fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops
  • Hardware and building materials stores, consumer electronics, technology and appliances retail

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Hair Salons and Barbershops Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Hotels and Lodging

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

NOTE: Under the current statewide Stay-at-Home order, hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.

Life Sciences Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Limited Services (Auto Repair, Car Wash, Cleaning/Janitorial, Pet Grooming, Landscaping, Laundromats, etc.)

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Logistics and Warehousing Back to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Infection Prevention for Logistics Employers and Employees – Updated May 13, 2020
    English

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Manufacturing

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Mining and Logging Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Mortuary and Funeral Homes

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Mortuary and Funeral Home Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 4, 2020
    English

Movie Theaters and Family Entertainment Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

NOTE: Drive-in and movie theaters can re-open with additional considerations.
This guidance is not intended for ice rinks, roller rinks, laser tag arenas, etc., where guests are less able to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet, where a central part of the activity is circulating in the space, and which can accommodate a large number of guests who are mainly from different households.

Museums and Other Exhibitions

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

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Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing.

Office Workspaces

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Personal Care Services (Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors, Body Waxing, etc.) Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Places of Worship

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

NOTE: Faith-based office workspaces can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Faith-based facilities are considered “offices” only for those employed by the organization and where the facility is their regular place of work.
  2. The employer should implement state guidance relating to offices before reopening the facility for employees.
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings of non-employees, such as the organization’s congregation.

Faith-based counseling can reopen within the following parameters:

  1. Counselling services are permissible in-person where the service cannot reasonably be practiced remotely;
  2. Counselling services should adopt state guidance on Limited Services, where applicable;
  3. This designation does not permit gatherings beyond counselling to members of a single household.

Professional Sports (without live audiences) Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Professional sports in California may resume training and competition without live audiences, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdiction of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing.

Public Transit and Intercity Passenger Rail

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office, CDPH and CalSTA

Real Estate Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Restaurants

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Shopping Centers and Malls Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

NOTE: Interior stores in shopping malls can do curbside pickup with modifications.

Cal/OSHA Resources

Educational Materials and Fact Sheets

  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Safety and Health Fact Sheet – Updated Jan. 3, 2020
    English
  • The California Workplace Guide to Aerosol Transmissible Diseases – Updated Apr. 13, 2020
    English

Frequently Asked Questions Back to top

  • Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases – Updated June 2, 2020
    English

Model Written Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) Plans and Programs

  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Model Exposure Control Plan – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Model Laboratory Biosafety Plan – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English
  • Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Referring Employer Model Written Program – Posted Jan. 3, 2020
    (Fillable Word) English

Other Resources Back to top

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