I Want to be Safer and Healthier at Work During the COVID‑19 Pandemic What are safer workplace practices?
- 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?
Your employer should adjust work practices or procedures to help workers maintain at least six feet of physical distance from each other as much as possible. Examples of adjustments include:
- Staggering break times
- Adjusting the number of workers on the line or in the shift
- Limiting the number of customers that can enter the establishment.
Good Sanitation Practices
Your employer must encourage hand washing and allow more time for frequent, adequate hand washing, which includes:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Washing commonly missed areas such as palms, back of hand, thumbs, underneath fingernails and between fingers.
Your employer should distribute hand sanitizer at various locations throughout the worksite.
Hand sanitizer is not as effective as hand washing but it can be used if soap and water are not immediately available.
Disinfection of Commonly Touched Surfaces
Your employer should frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces that include:
- Light switches
- Water/restroom stations
Permit and Encourage Use of Paid Sick Leave and Workers’ Compensation
If you think you may be sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 your employer must provide you with benefits that you qualify for under California law. For more detailed information on the benefits below explore the tracker I MAY BE SICK OR EXPOSED TO COVID-19 on this site.
Paid Sick Leave
Use the Paid Sick Leave Navigator to find out if you qualify for PSL or SPSL.
If you qualify for PSL or SPSL, your employer must permit you to take the leave immediately upon your written or oral request.
If a test confirms you have COVID-19 and you think you were exposed to COVID-19 at work, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation , which provides benefits that include:
- Medical care: Paid for by your employer to help you recover from an injury or illness caused by work
- Temporary disability benefits: Payments if you lose wages because your injury prevents you from doing your usual job while recovering
- Permanent disability benefits: Payments if you don't recover completely
- How to file a workers' compensation claim
- DWC Information & Assistance Guide on filing a workers' compensation claim form
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