COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards - Fact Sheets, Model Written Program and Other Resources

Changes to Emergency Temporary Standards

On Wednesday June 9, 2021 the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board held a special meeting to hear from the California Department of Public Health on new face covering guidance. The board decided to withdraw revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standards that were previously sent to the Office of Administrative Law in order to update Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 prevention requirements with the latest guidance. The board posted new revisions on June 11 that incorporate the latest public health guidance. The revisions will be considered at the board’s regular meeting on June 17. In the meantime, the protections adopted in November of 2020 will remain in effect.

California recently approved Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 infection prevention. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.

This page contains helpful information and resources specifically related to the new emergency temporary standards for employers and workers.

May 5, 2021 Update: On May 3, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued its COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, which provide that fully vaccinated individuals who have had a COVID-19 exposure do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. Thus, per Executive Order N-84-20, such individuals no longer need to be excluded under the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards. More information is available in the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQs.

Emergency Temporary Standards


  • COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards FAQs – Updated May 5, 2021
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Fact Sheets

  • COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards – What Employers Need to Know – Updated December 18, 2020
    English | español
  • UPDATE – Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards – Posted May 7, 2021

COVID-19 Model Written Program

  • COVID-19 Model Prevention Program – Posted December 1, 2020
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Other Resources

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