22 May Cal/OSHA Issues Return-to-Work General Guidelines for COVID-19
As state economies reopen, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) has issued interim general guidelines to help employers in California protect their workers from COVID-19.
This interim guidance does not impose new legal obligations.
The new guidance identifies specific infection control measures that are mandatory for California employers to implement and include in their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).
Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
California employers are required to have a written program that, among other things, identifies workplace hazards and trains employees on how to address them. It also requires that employers update their plans when new hazards emerge.
Employers are required to determine if COVID-19 infection is a hazard in their workplace. If it is a workplace hazard, then employers must implement infection control measures. According to Cal/OSHA, most California workplaces must adopt changes to their IIPP because COVID-19 is widespread in the community.