Cal/OSHA Adopts More Stringent COVID-19 Protections for Workers
Regulations ensure workers receive more protection

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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 Standards

Following the June 17  vote by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, 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  (Original)

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, 2021. )