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 Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard still
contains provisions that allow “exclusion pay” for
workers who are unable to work because they were exposed to
COVID-19 at the worksite. Exclusion pay means the employer
continues to pay you even if you must be “excluded” from the
- 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
- 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,