In response to calls from workers and advocates, California adopted emergency rules that led to COVID-19 protections for all workers in our state. The emergency temporary standard (ETS) expired at the end of 2022, and was replaced by a reduced set of protections that will be in place through 2024. Detailed information on the current rules can be found here on Cal/OSHA’s webpage.
Cal/OSHA's COVID rules were first approved in November 2020 after advocates led by Worksafe submitted a petition in May 2020 to the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board. A broad and powerful coalition of 45+ occupational health and safety organizations, labor unions, worker centers, community groups, and environmental organizations made this happen – many of their logos are at the bottom of this page.
Plans are underway for a permanent standard beyond COVID, addressing all aerosol transmissible diseases in the workplace. For information on future revisions, contact Worksafe or see information from Cal/OSHA and the Standards Board about pending actions and upcoming hearings.
The latest standard is here, in five parts: The main section on COVID-19 Prevention. Two short sections related to action in the case of outbreaks. One section on COVID-19 Prevention in Employer-Provided Housing and another on Employer-Provided Transportation to and from Work.
Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services at 800-963-9424.