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 Cal/OSHA industry guidance below has been updated to reflect the revised policy on the use of face coverings.

Use of N-95 respirators - Update

The Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Health Care Facilities: Severe Respirator Shortages has been updated to reflect the requirements announced by Governor Newsom on July 24, 2020.

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, Blueprint for a Safer Economy and Local 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, 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 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

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 – Updated August 13, 2020
      English

Posters Back to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Face Coverings, Masks and Respirators – Updated July 9, 2020
    English | Español

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

Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation Back to top

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

Child Care Programs and Providers

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

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

The industries below may be subject to Guidance for Cohorts of Children and Case and Contact Management Guidance re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Cohorts for Children and Youth in Supervised Settings Back to top

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

Guidance and directives related to schools, childcare, day camps, youth sports, and institutions of higher education are not superseded by this guidance for cohorts of children and youth and still apply to those specified settings.

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 July 20, 2020
    English

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

Day Camps Back to top

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

Energy and Utilities

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

Food Packing Back to top

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Grocery and Other RetailBack to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated July 22, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated July 22, 2020
    English
  • Infection Prevention in Grocery Stores – Updated July 22, 2020
    English | Español

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Gyms and Fitness Centers

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Hair Salons and Barbershops Back to top

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

Higher EducationBack to top

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Hotels and Lodging

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

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 July 21, 2020
    English

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

Manufacturing

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Refer to the Cal/OSHA Logistics and Warehousing Guidance

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Museums and Other Exhibitions

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Music, Film, and TV Production Back to top

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

Office Workspaces

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

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

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Places of Worship

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Professional Sports (without live audiences) Back to top

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

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Schools and School-Based Programs Back to top

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

The industries below may be subject to Guidance for Cohorts of Children and Elementary Education Waivers re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Shopping Centers and Malls Back to top

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

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Youth Sports Back to top

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

The industries below may be subject to Guidance for Cohorts of Children re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

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

Cal/OSHA FAQs

  • COVID-19 Infection Prevention Requirements (AB 685): Enhanced Enforcement and Employer Reporting Requirements – Published September 17, 2020
    English
  • Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases – Updated June 2, 2020
    English
  • Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers – Published July 28, 2020
    English

Governor's Office and CDPH FAQs

Industry-Specific Webinars on COVID-19 for Employers and Supervisors Provided by Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Back to top

There is no charge to attend. Please click on the industry name in the table below for a printable PDF of the announcement.
*Please provide your name, company name, and email address when registering. A confirmation email will be sent to the email provided with a link to the webinar. 

INDUSTRY DATE TIME LANGUAGE REGISTRATION* STATUS

Agriculture

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

English

Click here to self-register

Space Available

Agriculture

Thursday, October 22 2020

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spanish

Click here to self-register

Space Available

  • The webinar platform will be Zoom. Please sign up for a free zoom account at Zoom before the webinar so you do not have any issues when logging on the day of the webinar.
  • Cal/OSHA Consultation webinars are currently limited to 500 participants.
  • If there is demand for additional webinars for these industries, they will be scheduled and this table schedule will be updated.

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

September 2020