What are employer’s obligations with respect to face coverings in a general, indoor office workplace?

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) governs COVID-19-related workplace safety rules, including when face coverings are required at work.

Under the third revision of the ETS, effective May 6, 2022, through December 31, 2022, there is no longer a general indoor face covering requirement. Instead, the ETS requires employers to provide face coverings and ensure they are properly worn when required by the CDPH.

Additionally, the ETS requires face coverings to be worn in a few specific instances, such as when employers conduct indoor COVID-19 screening, during COVID-19 outbreaks and COVID-19 cases that return to work must wear face coverings for 10 days after the onset of their symptoms or the date of their first positive test.

Employers should continue to monitor CDPH and local orders as they may institute face covering requirements beyond what is required by the ETS.

Employers can read more about ETS face covering requirements in Workplace Safety, IIPP and COVID-19.

To read more about the state’s face covering guidance, employers can review the following:

For more information on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS, review the following guidance: