Employee Health: California
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.