This guidance document was originally released on April 18, 2020. The guidance was updated on March 18, 2021 to:
Your employer must take actions to protect you from workplace hazards, including making changes in the workplace to prevent the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19. Learn what actions you and your employer can take to help you stay healthy.
What is COVID-19?
How is COVID-19 Spread?
What Should I Do if I Feel Sick?
Do not come to work if you:
If you have come in close contact with a person with COVID-19, you should:
If you have trouble breathing, seek medical care right away. Make sure to call before you go see your doctor. Describe your symptoms over the phone.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell them about your symptoms. You should get emergency care right away if you have trouble breathing, pain or pressure in your chest, confusion, blue lips or face, or cannot wake up or stay awake.
How to Stay Healthy at Work (Face Coverings and Physical Distancing):
Providing safe and healthy food to people is critical work and should continue even when stay-at-home orders are in place. To perform this essential work as safely as possible, you must:
What is Physical Distancing?
Safe physical distancing means staying at least 6 feet (two meters) from others. Physical distancing can help stop illnesses from spreading. What you can do:
Hand Hygiene Recommendations:
Washing or sanitizing your hands often is another way to protect yourself and others. Use soap and water and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. When to wash your hands:
Hand sanitizer is another way to kill the germs when you are not able to wash your hands. Rub hand sanitizer on your hands for 20 seconds and until they are dry. Hand sanitizer does not work if your hands are soiled. Do not use hand sanitizers that contain methyl alcohol.
Follow public health guidelines on health and hygiene as they evolve.
Other Things You Can Do:
What is Your Employer Required to Do?
Every worker has the right to a safe and healthy job. You have this right no matter what your immigration status is. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also called Cal/OSHA, is the agency that enforces worker protection laws. Cal/OSHA requires your employer to:
What Can Your Employer Do to Support Physical Distancing?
What Can Your Employer Do to Support Good Hygiene Practices?
Your employer must always make sure you have bathrooms and handwashing stations.
How to Stay Healthy at Home
Physically distancing yourself from others you live with protects everyone, particularly when living in shared housing. Ways to protect everyone at home:
If Your Employer Houses You with Other Workers, They Must:
If Your Employer Provides Your Transportation to Work, They Must:
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