I Want to be Safer and Healthier at Work During the COVID‑19 Pandemic What can I do about COVID-19 safety or health concerns at work?
- 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?
Talk to Your Employer
Ask to review your employer’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program and/or COVID-19 Prevention Program.
- Your employer must establish, implement and maintain written programs that detail all workplace safety and health protocols at your workplace, including the steps they are taking to protect workers from COVID-19 and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
- You and your authorized representative (such as a union) have the right to participate in identifying and evaluating COVID-19 hazards in the workplace.
- You and your authorized representative have the right to view your employer’s COVID-19 Prevention Program and request a copy.
File a Complaint with Cal/OSHA
You may also file a complaint about a hazard in your workplace by calling your local Cal/OSHA district office. Your name will be kept confidential by law.
If you cannot call, you may e-mail your complaint to the district office. You can find your local district office on Cal/OSHA's website.
For your call or email, gather as much information as possible. Such as (if available):
- Name, address, and telephone number of the worksite
- Type of business
- Name and job title of the manager at the worksite
- Your name, address, telephone number, and email address
- Detailed description of the hazard
- If worksite is large, the specific location of the hazard
- Operations, equipment, machinery, and chemicals used at the worksite
- Work tasks performed near the hazard
- How often the work tasks are performed and for how long at any one time
- Number of work shifts, the time that each shift begins, and the shift when the hazard occurs
- Number of employees at the worksite, number of employees who may be exposed to the hazard, and how close the employees are to the hazard
- Employees injured or having symptoms caused by the hazard and whether the employees have received medical treatment for their injuries or symptoms
- How long the hazard has existed, whether the employer knows about the hazard, and whether the employer has tried to correct the hazard
- How long you expect the hazard will continue to exist at the worksite
- If there is an employee bargaining unit representative for the worksite, the person's name and contact information