Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Regulations for Coronavirus Protection Now in Effect

The agency’s emergency regulations were approved on November 30.

Cal/OSHA’s emergency regulations requiring employers to protect employees from COVID-19 related hazards were approved on November 30 and are effective immediately.

The regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law. The standards will hold employers responsible for implementing a written coronavirus prevention program that is specific to their workplace and correcting unsafe conditions.

“We understand the need to educate and assist employers as they implement the new provisions of the emergency standards,” said Doug Parker, Cal/OSHA Chief. “For employers who need time to fully implement the regulations, enforcement investigators will take their good faith efforts to implement the emergency standards into consideration. However, aspects such as eliminating hazards and implementing testing requirements during an outbreak are essential.”

There are FAQs, as well as a fact sheet, to help assist employers with making changes according to the regulations.

For more information, visit dir.ca.gov.

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