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COVID-19 & the workplace

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CDPH COVID-19 Updates 

This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus pandemic. It includes links to the websites of major agencies and organizations where you can find guidance and resources for preventing work-related COVID-19. 

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The Occupational Health Branch is working with our colleagues in CDPH and our partners in the health and safety community to provide information and guidance for protecting workers from COVID-19. 

Highlights - new workplace resources

​NEW Guidance!


NEW Resource!

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Get the most out of masking

New CDPH guidance explains types of masks and how to get the most protection from them

​NEW Training Resource!

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Webinar - Respiratory Protection Programs in Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)

Describes the elements and resources needed to implement a respiratory protection program in LTC facilities.​ View webinar | Request PowerPoint presentation (email)

​Featured COVID-19 Publication

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Amy Heinzerling, MD, MPH, an OHB Public Health Medical Officer, led an investigation of hospital health care personnel (HCP) exposures to the first known community-acquired case of COVID-19 in the U.S. The investigation findings, published in CDC’s MMWR, identified risk factors for disease transmission to HCP, and emphasized the importance of early diagnosis of patients with COVID-19 and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize high-risk exposures.

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What's New?

Outbreak Reporting Site is Live

Assembly Bill 685 requires CDPH to publicly report information on workplace outbreaks by industry. OHB’s data and investigations team leads this reporting effort. ​​​

Emergency Temporary Standards Continue to Be in Effect

COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, a California regulation passed in November 2020, applies to most workers in California not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard

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COVID-19 laws and regulations

COVID-19 workplace resources

Guidance for specific industries

Face coverings, respiratory protection, safe disinfectant use

Worker resources

Reopening information for California businesses

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