Cal/OSHA has adopted emergency rules to ensure all California
workers receive more protection from the potentially devastating
impacts of COVID-19. These standards will benefit educators and
staff in our schools, community colleges, universities and all
employees in California. The original Emergency Temporary
Standard took effect November 30, 2020, and
created mandatory and enforceable requirements for employers
to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in workplaces. The standards
were updated on June 17, 2021.
June 17, 2021 — Revisions to the Emergency Temporary
Following the June 17 vote by the Occupational Safety
and Health Standards Board to adopt
the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary
Governor Newsom signed an executive order to allow
the revisions to take effect immediately on June 17, 2021.
The revised regulations reflect the state’s latest COVID-19
public health guidance. The updates include changes to face
coverings and physical distancing requirements. More information
about the revised Emergency Temporary Standards can be found on
the Cal/OSHA website at the links below.
November 18, 2020 – Emergency Temporary Standards
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted unanimously on November 18,
2020, to adopt emergency rules to strengthen COVID-19 protections
for all California workers. The Dept. of Industrial Relations
website includes information about the original standard.
(The standard currently in effect was revised on June 17,