California Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Branch (OHB) COVID-19 and Workplace web page.
What are the requirements of Assembly Bill AB 685?
Employers are required to notify all employees of:
- Potential exposures workers could encounter
- COVID-19 related benefits
- Precautions being made for COVID-19 (disinfections and safety measures)
Employers must inform employees by written notice of all COVID-19 cases at the same worksite within 24 hours.
Employees must notify the Health Department of any work place outbreaks. An outbreak is three or more laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases in a two weeks.
Outbreaks can be reported on the form located below. The form will need to be faxed to: (530)934-6463
What is the Potential Impact of Assembly Bill AB 685?
Cal/OSHA can close part or all of a business if it is deemed an imminent hazard to employees.
Cal/OSHA can give citations/fees for serious violations related to COVID-19 without warning.
Assembly Bill AB 685 is effective Jan 1, 2021 to Jan 1, 2023
Additional information and references can be found below:
AB 685 COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak Reporting Requirements: (Dec. 10. 2020)
Additional resources for employers:
- AB 685 bill text
- Employer Questions about AB 685: CDPH FAQ document for employers about AB 685.
- CDPH Employer Guidance on AB 685: Definitions: CDPH definitions of terms used in AB 685.
- COVID-19 Infection Prevention Requirements (AB 685): Cal/OSHA outlines how the bill enhances their enforcement of COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers (PDF): CDPH guidance for employers on how to respond to cases of COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Local Health Departments: CDPH guidance for local health departments on how to respond to cases of COVID-19 in workplaces.
- Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk: Information and resources for reopening businesses and facilities safely in California.
- Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Standards: Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 regulation, which includes special requirements for outbreaks and large outbreaks (Sections 3205.1 and 3205.2).
- Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions (PDF): Additional Information about Cal/OSHA's new regulation.