I Want to be Safer and Healthier at Work During the COVID‑19 Pandemic What should my employer provide to prevent the spread?
- What are my rights to be safer and healthier at work?
- What should my employer provide to prevent the spread?
- What are safer workplace practices?
- What can I do about safety or health concerns at work?
- What if I am concerned about retaliation from my employer?
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, California law requires employers to provide face coverings and ensure they are worn by workers properly when indoors and when they are less than six feet from others when outdoors. Employers must provide face coverings for workers or reimburse them for the reasonable costs of obtaining them. Wearing a face covering correctly means it:
- Is put on with freshly washed hands.
- Covers your nose and mouth, goes under your chin, and fits snugly against the sides of your face.
- Is washed between uses (if cloth) or replaced.
Wearing a cloth face covering does not take the place of physical distancing or frequent handwashing. It is effective when combined with maintaining at least six feet of physical distance from others.
Other Personal Protective Equipment
Employers are required to evaluate the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent exposure to COVID-19. What PPE your employer must provide will depend on your risk of exposure.
Your employer should have a written plan on preventing workplace safety and health hazards that includes training on any personal protective equipment.
Examples of PPE include:
- Safety glasses
- Face shields
All types of PPE must be:
- Selected based upon the hazard to the worker.
- Properly worn when required.
- Regularly inspected, maintained and replaced, as necessary.
- Properly removed, cleaned, and stored or disposed of to avoid contamination of self, others, or the environment.
Infection Prevention Supplies
Your employer must provide the time and supplies needed to properly disinfect the workplace. The commonly touched surfaces in your workplace should be more frequently cleaned with products that are EPA-approved for use against COVID-19. Your employer should ensure you follow the product instructions and use any protective equipment that is required.
Take an online workplace health and safety training on COVID-19 infection prevention.