06.02.2020 | COVID-19

Employers Required to Provide Extensive COVID-19 Training According to Cal/OSHA

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Employers Required to Provide Extensive COVID-19 Training According to Cal/OSHA


As discussed in last week’s update, Cal/OSHA has issued guidance requiring employers to include COVID-19 prevention measures in their IIPPs. Employers should be in the process of amending their IIPPs immediately.

Cal/OSHA’s guidance also states the employers need to provide employee training on the following items: 

  • A general description of COVID-19 symptoms, when to seek medical attention, how to prevent its spread, and the employer’s procedures for preventing its spread at the workplace.
  • How an infected person can spread COVID-19 to others even if they are not sick.
  • How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by using cloth face covers, including:
  1. CDC guidelines that everyone should use cloth face covers when around other persons.
  2. How cloth face covers can help protect persons around the user when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.
  3. Information that cloth face covers are not protective equipment and do not protect the person wearing a cloth face cover from COVID-19.
  4. Instructions on washing and sanitizing hands before and after using face coverings, which should be washed after each shift.
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, after interacting with other persons and after contacting shared surfaces or objects.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding sharing personal items with co-workers (i.e., dishes, cups, utensils, towels.)
  • Providing tissues, no-touch disposal trash cans and hand sanitizer for use by employees.
  • Safely using cleaners and disinfectants, which includes:
  1. The hazards of the cleaners and disinfectants used at the worksite.
  2. Wearing PPE (such as gloves).
  3. Ensuring cleaners and disinfectants are used in a manner that does not endanger employees.

Employers should provide this training in conjunction with amending their IIPPs to address COVID-19. As with any employer safety-training, documentation should be kept showing what information was covered in the training, who attended the training (i.e., sign-in sheets), and a copy of the presentation, if possible.

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