COVID-19 Workplace Training

*** June 17, 2021 Update ***

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to adopt new revisions to Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Shortly after the revisions were adopted, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order enabling the revisions to take effect immediately, bypassing a standard 10-day review period by the Office of Administrative Law. Cal/OSHA is updating its resources to assist employers in understanding their obligations required by the revised standards, and will be issuing an updated model COVID-19 Prevention Program.

 

These courses currently reflect protections adopted in November 2020, and will be updated in the coming days to incorporate the revised standards. 

For Employees:

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All workers are encouraged to take this brief course to better understand how to protect yourself, your workplace, and your community. 

What is this Course?
 

This 35 minute online course offers essential information on COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of the disease in the workplace. Safety measures including the importance of face coverings, physical distancing strategies, and how to clean and disinfect your workplace will be explored. You will walk away with tools for stress management to support your mental health and wellness, an understanding of employer responsibilities to keep you safe, and knowledge on what to do if you become sick. 

This course is free of charge. Enrollment is always open.

Why this Course?
 

All workers are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace. In addition to giving you the knowledge to prevent getting COVID-19, this course will help you know what to do if you or a colleague become sick at work, and review your employer's responsibilities to keep you safe.

Learning Objectives:
 

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads

  • Identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick

  • Explain the importance of face coverings, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Review how to work safely with cleaning and disinfection products, and identify employer communication requirements on hazardous substances in the workplace

  • Identify the key facts and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination based on CDC guidance

  • Describe the types of testing for COVID-19 and guidelines for returning to work or school following a COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Identify stress management tools to support your mental health and wellness

For Employers:

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This course is designed to help employers establish, update, and implement a written COVID-19 Prevention Program based on the Cal/OSHA Model CPP.

What is this Course?
 

This 3-hour online course will identify requirements of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, identify strategies to control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace, and integrate mitigation measures into operating policies and procedures. Learners will also be introduced to the Hierarchy of Controls, explore how it applies to managing COVID-19 risk, and review cleaning and disinfection safety. The role of contact tracing, ventilation and wildfire smoke, racial and ethnic disparities in exposure to and deaths from COVID-19, and mental health impacts and stress management tools will also be examined.

This course is free of charge. Enrollment is always open.

Why this Course?
 

Employers are required to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. Reducing COVID-19 risk should a top priority for every organization. This course will help employers prevent COVID-19 in the workplace through creating a concrete plan for hazard control and mitigation. 

Learning Objectives:
 

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify requirements of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, AB-685, and SB-1159

  • Describe the benefit of worker participation to identify, evaluate, and respond to COVID-19 hazards as a part of a comprehensive health and safety plan

  • Implement effective interventions to control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace

  • Investigate and respond to COVID-19 cases in the workplace

  • Establish, update, and implement a COVID-19 Written Prevention Program (CPP)

  • Examine chains of causation that lead to racial and ethnic disparities in exposure to and death from COVID-19

  • Recognize the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and identify stress management tools

Why take classes with COEH Continuing Education?
 

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health was established in 1978. We've been providing high-quality education to prevent disease, fatalities, and injuries in the workplace for more than 40 years. Our Continuing Education program reaches thousands of learners each year, deepening understanding of workplace health to create more productive and safe work environments. 

Click here to learn more about COEH Continuing Education.

Accessibility:
 

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate, please contact COEH CE Director Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible. 

Technical Support: 

Please report any technical issues or bugs experienced with these courses to Jessica Gorsuch at jgorsuch@berkeley.edu

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Additional COVID-19 Trainings Available from LOHP:

LOHP Offers Free Trainings for:

  • Workers - to raise awareness about COVID-19 Prevention, their rights, resources, and ways to take action

  • Employers - to develop effective COVID-19 Prevention Programs that comply with Cal/OSHA standards

  • Worker Leaders and Staff from Worker and Community organizations - to build capacity to address work-related COVID-19 hazards, conduct training, and provide support and referrals to workers