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A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments
During the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces across California have experienced COVID-19 cases and outbreaks among workers. Local health departments play an important role in working with employers to address COVID-19 in the workplace. This resource document was created to provide local health departments (LHDs) with best practices and tools for assisting employers in their jurisdictions who have identified cases of COVID-19 at the workplace.
A previous statewide requirement for employers to notify LHDs of COVID-19 workplace outbreaks is no longer in effect.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, if desired, and are encouraged to communicate required or recommended reporting thresholds to employers in their communities. LHDs can refer to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 Outbreak Definitions and Reporting Guidance for additional recommendations regarding outbreak reporting.
Employers must provide any information requested by an LHD regarding COVID-19 cases or outbreaks in the workplace, as described in the CDPH AB 685 Outbreak Reporting Requirements.
In non-healthcare workplaces, employers are responsible for ensuring that their actions to protect workers comply with the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations (COVID-19 Prevention Regulations). Employers should be advised to 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 COVID-19 Prevention 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.
LHDs may also wish to consult CDPH's companion Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers resource, which includes additional details, and share this resource with employers in their communities.
Links to additional resources are provided at the end of this document. For further assistance with COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, LHDs may seek consultation from CDPH by emailing CovOHB@cdph.ca.gov.
2. Determine how information will be shared with partners.
when it is appropriate for cases to return to work. Communicate these
requirements to employers in your jurisdiction.
5. Ensure that employers are taking appropriate steps to reduce ongoing transmission in the workplace, in accordance with CDPH guidance and Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Regulations.
Originally Published on June 16, 2020