Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance and 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.

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 the following resources 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, model programs and plans, and other resources that are provided below, be reviewed with an employer's existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected.

June 2021