Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on COVID-19

The COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards are still in effect. The workplace standards were updated in December 2021 to include minor revisions related to returning to work after close contact. The revisions are effective starting on January 14, 2022. In addition to these requirements, employers must follow public health orders on COVID-19. The latest order from the California Department of Public Health on January 5, 2022 requires the use of face coverings by all employees when indoors. More information on the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards is available in Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions.

Use of Face Covering While Visiting DIR Offices

The Department of Industrial Relations requires that all visitors use face coverings in its public offices, regardless of their vaccination status. The face covering requirement follows recommendations from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that direct all persons to wear face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status. In addition, many local public orders in counties and cities across the state require mask usage indoors.

All persons must wear a face covering consistent with CDPH Guidance, unless exempted from use. A face covering includes a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers that covers the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck collar, single layer of fabric or any mask that has an unfiltered one-way exhaust valve.

NOTICE: Removal of Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Health Care Facilities: Severe Respirator Supply Shortages

The supply and availability of NIOSH-approved respirators, including N95s, has increased significantly over the last several months. As a result, Cal/OSHA has removed the Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Health Care Facilities: Severe Respirator Supply Shortages that allowed certain strategies to extend supplies of respirators during severe shortages.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recommends health care personnel and facilities transition away from respirator crisis capacity conservation strategies, such as decontamination of disposable respirators.
Pursuant to title 8 sections 5144 and 5199, healthcare facilities are to use respirators in full accordance with their manufacturers' instructions and their NIOSH approval.

Cal/OSHA maintains a partial list of N95 vendors who state they have large supplies on-hand.

Also available is the NIOSH Certified Equipment List that identifies all NIOSH approved respirators and approval holders.

Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to take steps to protect workers potentially exposed to infectious diseases like COVID-19. 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 employers review the guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans provided by Cal/OSHA, along 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. Cal/OSHA has archived outdated guidance for historical reference.

Statewide Resources on Safely Reopening California, Continuing Safety Measures, and County Risk Level Maps as of June 15, 2021

Cal/OSHA and other state agencies have developed guidance on the steps some businesses should take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at work. Cal/OSHA recommends employers review the guidance relevant to their worksites, local information guidance 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's COVID-19 Resources

Cal/OSHA Industry Guidance and Resources

Guidance by Industry

Note: For the most updated information on the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), visit the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards Information and Resources page. For the latest information on the revisions to the ETS, visit Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Health Care Facilities

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Hazard Alert: COVID-19 PPE Availability – Posted June 5, 2020
  • 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 May 7, 2021
    English | español | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Tagalog

Other Resources

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Considerations for Timing of Tuberculosis (TB) Testing and COVID-19 Vaccination

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

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