Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace
Employers have an important role to play in keeping employees safe from COVID-19. This resource document was created to help employers understand the steps they can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to respond quickly and appropriately to COVID-19 cases and outbreaks identified in the workplace.
Local health departments (LHDs), facilities, or other organziations (such as high risk congregate settings:see list found in the CDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidance) may continue to implement additional requirements that are more protective than this statewide guidance based on local circumstances, including in certain higher-risk settings or during certain situations (for example, during active outbreaks in high-risk settings).
A previous statewide requirement for employers to notify LHDs of COVID-19 workplace outbreaks is no longer in effect. LHDs may, however, continue to require outbreak reporting through a local order. Employers must provide any information requested by an LHD regarding COVID-19 cases or outbreaks in the workplace, as described in the COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak Reporting Guidance.
In non-healthcare workplaces, employers are responsible for ensuring that their actions to protect employees comply with the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations (COVID-19 Prevention Regulations).
Employers should consult the regulatory language, Frequently Asked Questions, and other materials on the COVID-19 Prevention regulations webpage. This resource guide is not intended to restate the comprehensive requirements of the Cal/OSHA regulations.
This resource guide is also not intended for use in managing or preventing outbreaks in healthcare, correctional, shelter, or other workplace settings where Cal/OSHA's Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard (Title 8, Section 5199) applies.
Consult Cal/OSHA's Recording and Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 Cases.
Originally Published on
June 16, 2020