Several Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations for protecting workers from the spread of COVID-19 went into effect on November 30. These workplace safety regulations apply to nearly every business in California and contain many new requirements for employers. These requirements include:
- Creating a written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)
- Reporting workplace COVID-19 outbreaks to the local health department and providing free COVID-19 testing to exposed workers up to two times a week
- Keeping sick or exposed employees out of the workplace and continuing to pay them while they cannot work
- Additional requirements for employers who provide housing and transportation to their employees such as in the agriculture industry
Employers must have a written COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) for preventing the spread of the virus in their workplace. The CPP must explain your plan for 11 different precautions including employee training and reducing exposure hazards. If you don’t yet have a CPP, you should create one right away. We've created a CPP template you can modify for your business operations.
These regulations apply to all California employers except:
- Employers with one employee who does not have contact with other persons
- Employees working from home
- Employers covered by the Aerosol Transmittable Disease Standard (health care providers, correctional facilities, drug treatment programs, and homeless shelters)
The emergency requirements are temporary and will last for 180 days. At that time, they may be extended if the COVID-19 pandemic still presents a workplace safety concern.
We have more information and resources available to help you comply with the new emergency rules from Cal/OSHA.