COVID-19 – WORKPLACE SAFETY STANDARDS

By | July 14, 2021

Physical distancing and capacity limits for businesses and activities are over. While California retired most industry-specific guidance, all employers are still responsible for maintaining safe, low-risk environments for employees and customers.

COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards

Employers must follow California’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). The revised ETS reflect the state’s current COVID-19 public health guidelines. Visit saferatwork.ca.gov to learn more about COVID-19 workplace requirements.

Providing N95 Respirators – Employers must provide unvaccinated employees with N95 respirators upon their request and at no cost. California is providing a one-month supply of N95 respirators to small businesses. Contact the Madera Chamber of Commerce at (559) 673-3563 for more information.

Employers may require employees to be vaccinated

An employer can require their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as the employer:

  • Does not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic, such as disability or national origin
  • Provides reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices
  • Does not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activities, such as requesting a reasonable accommodation

Learn more about workplace safety and civil rights in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s FAQsPDF.

Find details about reasonable accommodations in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Commission’s information about COVID-19 and EEO laws.

Request proof of vaccination

Employers requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination status for employees or patrons should follow the Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Record Guidelines and Standards:

  • Verify records through a private and confidential process.
  • Protect patrons from discrimination.
  • Do not create barriers to essential services or restrict access based on a protected characteristic.

Help employees get vaccinated!

Employers can assist their employees by:

  • Coordinating vaccination events with provider partners
  • Hosting a mobile or pop-up clinic
  • Helping employees book appointments
  • Providing employees with educational resources

Learn more about the Employer Vaccination Toolkit at saferatwork.ca.gov.