California Adopts Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regulations
Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor
December 1, 2020
California's workplace safety agency is rolling out broad new rules intended to protect workers from the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under an emergency regulation from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), which took effect yesterday and will expire on October 2, 2021, most employers are required to:
- Establish and carry out a written COVID-19 prevention program;
- Investigate and respond to workplace COVID-19 cases;
- Correct workplace hazards;
- Provide training to employees; and
- Provide face coverings.
In addition, employers must comply with other requirements, such as implementing engineering and administrative controls and excluding employees who have been exposed to the coronavirus causing COVID-19 from the workplace.
"These are strong but achievable standards to protect workers," said Cal/OSHA Chief Doug Parker. "They also clarify what employers have to do to prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19 and stop outbreaks."