I Want to Have a Safer and Healthier Workplace What information must I provide my employees regarding COVID-19?

  • The employer's COVID-19 program requirements to protect employees from COVID-19 hazards.
  • Information on COVID-19 including:
    • COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can be spread through the air when an infectious person talks or vocalizes, sneezes, coughs, or exhales.
    • That COVID19 can also be spread when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth, though that is less common.
    • That an infectious person may have no symptoms.
  • Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
  • The importance of not coming to work:
    • If a worker has symptoms of COVID-19 as described by the CDC, such as a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, OR
    • If a worker was diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not yet been released from isolation, OR
    • If, within the past 14 days, a worker has had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is considered potentially infectious (i.e., still on isolation).
  • To return to work after a worker receives a COVID-19 diagnosis only after meeting CDPH Guidance on Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis.
  • To seek medical attention if their symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC's webpage.
  • The importance of frequent handwashing with soap and water, including scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds (or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol (preferred) or 70% isopropanol (if the product is inaccessible to unsupervised children) when workers cannot get to a sink or handwashing station, per CDC guidelines). Never use hand sanitizers with methanol due to its high toxicity to both children and adults.
  • The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time (see Physical Distancing section on the page What are safer work practices?).
  • The importance of combining physical distancing with the wearing of face coverings and using other controls since particles containing the virus can travel more than six feet, especially indoors.
  • Proper use of face coverings, including:
    • Face coverings are not personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Face coverings do not replace the need for physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
    • Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.
    • Workers should wash or sanitize hands before and after using or adjusting face coverings.
    • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Face coverings must not be shared and should be washed or discarded after each shift.
  • Information contained in the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, which mandates the circumstances in which face coverings must be worn and the exemptions, as well as any policies, work rules, and practices the employer has adopted to ensure the use of face coverings. Training should also include the employer's policies on how people who are exempted from wearing a face covering will be handled.
  • Ensure any independent contractors, temporary, or contract workers at the facility are also properly trained in COVID-19 prevention policies and have necessary supplies and PPE. Discuss these responsibilities ahead of time with organizations supplying temporary and/or contract workers.
  • Information on paid leave benefits the worker may be entitled to receive that would make it financially easier to stay at home. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and workers' compensation for COVID-19, including workers' sick leave rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Cal/OSHA FAQs on emergency temporary COVID-19 prevention requirements

January 2021