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Protecting Workers from COVID-19 on the Job

This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus pandemic. It includes links to the websites of major workplace health and safety agencies and organizations where you can find guidance and other resources for preventing work-related COVID-19. Grocery%20Worker

The Occupational Health Branch is working with our colleagues in CDPH and our partners in the health and safety community to provide information and guidance for protecting workers from COVID-19. 

If your organization would like to work with us to help protect workers from COVID-19, or if you need help, email us at

What ALL employers should do

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your workplace:

  1. Check for industry-specific guidance in the resources below.

  2. Perform a detailed risk assessment of all work areas and tasks, create a site-specific COVID-19 prevention plan, and designate a person with the responsibility to implement it. 

  3. Train employees on everything they need to know about COVID-19 and how to prevent it from spreading. This includes COVID-19 symptoms to watch for and when to stay home.

  4. Set up procedures to check and keep anyone with symptoms or recent close contact with a COVID-19 patient out of the workplace. Adopt policies such as paid sick leave that support this critical step for preventing outbreaks at work.

  5. Take steps to ensure physical distancing of at least six feet between workers and others. This includes providing physical barriers and virtual options for meetings. Modify work processes, schedules, and breaks to prevent workers from congregating.

  6. Make sure employees always wear face coverings when they are around other people (except when they must wear respirators). Provide any other necessary protective equipment such as eye protection or gloves. 

  7. Put protocols in place for cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.  

  8. Be prepared to respond immediately if anyone at the worksite has or may have COVID-19. Work with your local health department to assess who may have been exposed, test employees where indicated, and take additional steps to control the spread of disease.

​​See Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on COVID-19 for more information and to find guidelines for specific industries.

NEW!! Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers from COVID-19.

Resources for California businesses 

Tips for all workers
for staying safe on the job

  • Stay home if you are sick or have COVID symptoms.

  • Find out if you are in a group that is at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.

  • Wear a face covering to help protect others if you are not required to wear a respirator.

  • Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer if you can't wash your hands.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or cough into your elbow.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

General workplace guidance from California agencies

General workplace guidance from national agencies

Guidance for specific industries

Health and safety education and advocacy groups

Face coverings, respiratory protection, safe and effective cleaning for COVID-19

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