Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on COVID-19

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.

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.

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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