COVID-19 Prevention in California Workplaces
Understanding Cal/OSHA’s COVID Rules
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.
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.
Cal/OSHA is posting its citations related to COVID-19.
News & Updates
California is ending mandatory pay for workers with COVID (KRON4 News, 12/16/22)
COVID Work Rules: A Guide for California Workers (CalMatters, 1/21/22)
California Virus Worker Safety Rule Survives Legal Challenge (Bloomberg, 2/25/21)
We Need an Emergency Cal/OSHA Standard for COVID-19 (Worksafe, 05/29/20)