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Employee Health: California

Employee Health requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Leanne Coffman


  • The state has several rules that apply to carcinogens and require employers to train employees, as well as label products appropriately. See Managing Day-to-Day Health Concerns.
  • Under the state's presumptive disability laws, various illnesses, including cancer, bloodborne pathogens diseases, MRSA and heart diseases, may be covered as compensable conditions. See Presumptive Illnesses and Conditions.
  • Mental injuries are covered under the California workers' compensation laws if specific conditions apply. See Managing Mental Health Concerns.
  • California prohibits smoking and vaping in the workplace. SeeSmoking in the Workplace.
  • California permits the use of medical and recreational marijuana. See Marijuana.
  • The state has Good Samaritan laws that provide conditional protection from civil damages to those offering emergency medical care. See Managing Emergency Medical Situations.
  • Localities including San Diego and San Francisco have requirements pertaining to employee health. See Local Requirements.