We Need an Emergency Cal/OSHA Standard for COVID


California workers and advocates are calling upon Cal/OSHA to develop stronger rules to protect us from COVID-19 in the workplace. We must do more to protect workers from getting infected at work, spreading it to their coworkers, and taking it home to their families. Frequently asked questions and answers are here.


The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented occupational health and safety crisis in California — and workers need strong health and safety protections to stay safe.
While Cal/OSHA and the State of California have published guidance documents that outline employer requirements for protecting workers, guidance can only do so much. A standard would give Cal/OSHA a more powerful tool to enforce the rules and hold employers accountable.
That's why Worksafe and the Labor & Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild filed a petition with the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (the body that develops workplace safety rules) urging them to develop an Emergency Temporary Standard tailored to the hazards of the COVID-19.
Without specific occupational health and safety measures to protect all of us who are returning to work, Californians will get sick and die unnecessarily.


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AFSCME Local 3299, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen, California Alliance for Retired Americans, California Health Care Coalition, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, California Immigrant Policy Center, California Labor Federation, California League of United Latin American Citizens, California Physicians Alliance, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, California School Employees Association, California State Legislative Board SMART-Transportation Division, California State University Employees Union, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, California Work & Family Coalition, Chicano Latino Caucus California Democratic Party, CLEAN Carwash Campaign, Clean Water Action, Consumer Attorneys of California, CWA District 9, Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20 IFPTE, Healthy Work Campaign, Human Impact Partners, ILWU Local 26, Labor & Employment Committee National Lawyers' Guild, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Los Angeles Worker Center Network, Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Employment Law Project, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles, Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay, San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility, SEIU California, SEIU California Nurse Alliance, SEIU United Service Workers West, Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, UFCW Western States Council, UFCW Local 135, United Steelworkers Local 675, UNITE HERE International Union, Warehouse Worker Resource Center, and Worksafe.