Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on Protecting Workers from COVID-19

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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 Industry and County Guidance

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, 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.

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workplaces from COVID-19

  • 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
  • Interim Guidance on Severe Respirator Supply Shortages – Updated Apr. 2, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Hospital Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 22, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers at Skilled Nursing and Long-term Care Facilities – Updated Apr. 5, 2020
    English | Español | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Tagalog
  • Infection Prevention in Construction – Updated May 13, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Grocery Employers – Posted May 12, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated May 26, 2020
    English
  • Infection Prevention in Grocery Stores – Updated May 26, 2020
    English | Español
  • Infection Prevention for Logistics Employers and Employees – Updated May 13, 2020
    English
  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Mortuary and Funeral Home Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 4, 2020
    English
  • 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
  • Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases – Updated June 2, 2020
    English
  • 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

June 2020