Guidance: Non-Healthcare Businesses & Worksites

CA Safe Reopening

COVID-19 Response Recommendations for Businesses & Worksites

Disease Prevention Guidance
    Masking
    Vaccination Status
    Testing
What to do when you find out about a person with COVID-19 at your site
Reporting Guidance
How to Report
 

Prevention

OCHCA strongly encourages all eligible individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19 disease as this is the best way to protect oneself and others.

California businesses and worksites are required to follow COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). ETS was approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board and came into immediate effect through signed executive order from Governor Gavin Newsom. A set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the ETS are available at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Revisions-FAQ.html#faceCoverings. Additional information is available at Cal/OSHA website.

Masking

  1. To any unvaccinated employee who works with others indoors or in a vehicle and who requests one   
  2. Where there is a major outbreak, to any employees in the exposed group for voluntary use. 

Vaccination Status

  • Employers are required to document vaccination status of employees who are not wearing face coverings while indoors.  Acceptable documentation may include
    • Employees provide proof of vaccination (vaccine card, image of vaccine card or health care document showing vaccination status) and employer maintains a copy.
    • Employees provide proof of vaccination. The employer maintains a record of the employees who presented proof, but not the vaccine record itself.
    • Employees self-attest to vaccination status and employer maintains a record of who self-attests.

Testing

What to do when you find out about a person with COVID-19 at your site

When businesses, including schools, are made aware of a person with COVID-19 in the workplace, the first step is to make sure that person is in isolation per CDPH Isolation & Quarantine Guidance.  If they are still onsite, send them home.

Workplaces are required to provide written notification to employees and independent contractors about potential exposure.

Making COVID-19 testing available to potentially exposed employees with a close contact at no cost and during working hours, with the exception of asymptomatic employees who recently recovered from COVID-19.

A person is exposed if they are in a shared indoor airspace of the person with COVID-19, while they were infectious, for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

When you report the cases with required information OCHCA staff will instruct you as to when the person was infectious.

Reporting

Under CDPH and Cal/OSHA standards, you must report COVID-19 outbreaks in Orange County to OCHCA. For non-healthcare workplaces, this is defined as 3 or more COVID-19 cases in an exposed group within a 14-day period.  Once this threshold is met, you have 48 hours to report to OCHCA if the worksite is located in Orange County.

How to Report COVID-19 cases to Orange County

Orange County Public Health has moved to electronic reporting of COVID-19 outbreaks/cases.  Click on the link below to learn how you can fulfill your reporting responsibilities electronically.
 

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To contact Orange County Public Health Department, e-mail OCCOVIDBusiness@ochca.com.