Oakland Workers' Collective

tel: 510-473-6349
Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-1pm

A project of Street Level Health, located at:
3125 E 15th St, Oakland, CA 94601

Note: The OWC offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, 2024 in observance of Independence Day. Thank you.

COVID-19 Employer Guidelines and Precautions

COVID-19 precautions: As an organization, OWC is taking every precaution against the spread of COVID, however the risk of infection is still present and in hiring a worker the risk is assumed by the employer. We ask all employers to use safety measures such as masks and social distancing in order to protect themselves and the workers. For more resources and information please visit: https://saferatwork.covid19.ca.gov/employers/

For the safety of yourself and workers, we ask workers to conduct a COVID-19 self-assessment before the start of the project and invite employers to conduct one as well. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, we encourage you to inform us immediately (call or email) and we are happy to reschedule your project for another day.

COVID-19 Self-assessment

  1. Have you tested positive or had COVID symptoms in the past 10-14 days?
  2. Have you been in close physical contact in the last 14 days with anyone who is known to have COVID-19?
  3. Have you experienced any of the symptoms in the list below in the past 48 hours?
    • Fever or chills 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fatigue 
    • muscle or body aches 
    • Headache 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Sore throat 
    • Congestion or runny nose 
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Diarrhea 

What if you are COVID-19 positive?
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you call or email us immediately to reschedule your project. We will reschedule your project for a minimum of 10 days after your notice. We ask for your honesty to assure the health and wellbeing of workers and employers. 

Maintain a Safe COVID-19 Work Environment
Dear employers, please remain COVID-aware and mindful of current mask guidelines. The COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) requires face covering for all employees working indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Please refer to the following link for additional information: https://saferatwork.covid19.ca.gov/employers/#emergency-temporary-standards.

We encourage employers and workers to practice social distancing and sanitize their hands regularly. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
In accordance with state guidelines, employers are required to provide Personal Protective Equipment to employees. This includes, but is not limited to, “hard hats, gloves, goggles, safety shoes, safety glasses, welding helmets and goggles, face shields, chemical protective equipment and fall protection equipment” (CAL/OSHA). To foster a COVID-19 safe environment, employers are required to provide face coverings to workers. Please refer to CAL/OSHA for additional information on mitigating and preventing COVID-19 in the workplace.