COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Online Training

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  • Employees can retake training as guidelines are updated for no additional cost
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Mandatory COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance advises employers to “educate and train workers” on COVID-19 safe work practices. 

Additionally, several states, including California, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington require employers to provide COVID-19 workplace safety training to employees. 

These states also mandate the specific content that must be included in the employee training. In fact, states have issued citations to employers who do not provide fully compliant COVID-19 workplace safety training.  To learn more about the training content required in your state, contact us.

Clear Law Institute’s interactive online training, COVID-19 Safe Workplace, helps employers comply with federal and state training requirements and promotes a safe and healthy workplace.

Why Training is Essential

Beyond Check-the-Box Training

Given the health risks of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, employers must go beyond “check-the-box” training. Employers must provide a course that not only complies with legal requirements but also provide employees with the practical guidance needed to maintain a safe working environment. Clear Law’s COVID-19 Safe Workplace online training is fully narrated and includes numerous interactive animations, video demonstrations, and exercises to keep employees engaged.


Because of the changing nature of the virus risk and guidance from the CDC, OSHA, and other agencies, the course is continually updated. Employees can retake the training if COVID-19 training requirements change for no additional cost.

Course Content

As required by federal guidelines and state regulations, the course addresses topics such as:

  • How to protect yourself and others in the workplace
  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people
  • How the virus spreads
  • COVID-19 symptoms
  • People at risk for severe illness
  • Proper ventilation practices
  • Effective hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • How to practice social distancing
  • Use of face masks to slow virus spread 
  • Preferred mask types
  • How to properly fit and wear a face mask
  • How to store and wash masks
  • Cleaning and disinfection 
  • Health monitoring
  • When not to report to work
  • Conflict prevention and resolution

Easy Course Administration

Access on All Devices and Bookmarking

Users can take the training on computers, tablets, or smartphones and can bookmark their progress.

Course Administration

We make delivering the course to your employees effortless either on our Learning Management System (LMS) or your LMS. You can run a report at any time to see who has not yet completed the training.

End User Tech Support

Users call us with tech support questions, not you.

Course Customizations

Standard Customizations

We can include your logo, relevant policies, workplace images, and an introductory message from a senior official in your organization.

Policy Review & Acknowledgement

Users can be required to certify that they have read and understood your specific policies related to COVID-19. We can also include a “Policy Review” exercise where users are required to search your policies to find the answers to questions relating to your policies.

Advanced Customizations

Clear Law Institute can customize the course further to meet your organization’s training needs. We can even have scenarios take place in your workplace environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can COVID-19 training reduce virus spread in the workplace?

Employees do not intuitively know how to safeguard themselves and others from infectious diseases like COVID-19. Safe workplace training provides employees with a fundamental education on COVID-19 safe work practices.

COVID-19 is highly transmissible between people. One study estimated that over 50% of new infections originated from people with no symptoms who did not know they were infected. Equipping employees with knowledge about safe work practices - and how to correctly implement them - is a necessary step every employer can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Is COVID-19 employee training good for business?

COVID-19 employee training also helps protect the health and safety of customers and clients. Employees trained to implement safe work practices convey confidence that their workplace is safe and healthy. When your employees feel safe and protected, they impart that same feeling to your customers and clients. People who feel that an environment is safe will become repeat customers and clients. 

How can COVID-19 training improve our bottom line?

Several states currently require COVID-19 employee training, including California and Virginia. An employer’s failure to provide the required employee training can result in sizable penalties. COVID-19 workplace outbreaks can also result in workers’ compensation and other legal liability, as well as a public relations debacle. Employers who view employee training with this lens understand training is a highly effective risk management tool to protect their bottom line. 

Can employers provide written materials to employees to meet training requirements?

COVID-19 workplace rules in California and Virginia differentiate between when an employer must provide employees with "training" versus “written information.” The intent of “training” used in the rules represents instructor lead or narrated online training rather than only written materials, such as a PowerPoint presentation that employees are expected to read on their own.

What does OSHA say about COVID-19 employee training?

OSHA enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which gives employees the right to a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. OSHA’s COVID-19 guidance advises employers to “educate and train” employees on the associated hazards and safety measures needed to limit virus spread in the workplace. OSHA has the authority to inspect workplaces for occupational health and safety violations, and if necessary, issue citations and impose penalties. Any employee may file a complaint and request an OSHA inspection if they suspect a serious hazard in their workplace.

When should employees receive training?

Employees should receive COVID-19 training before or very shortly after they return to in-person work. All new hires for in-person work should also receive training. Although some state training mandates are silent on this issue, the clear objective is to educate workers on how to protect themselves and to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Employees who lack knowledge about COVID-19 safe work practices can endanger themselves and others in the workplace. 

What topics should be covered in employee training?

COVID-19 employee training should cover the safe work practices required by law or workplace policy, including masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, health monitoring, cleaning and disinfection, and any other state-mandated safety topics. Now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, promoting the benefits and safety of vaccination is also an important training element.

Why should employees know about mask choices?

There are many different types of masks available to employees. The CDC has extensive guidance on the kinds of masks that provide the best protection. For instance, the CDC recommends against wearing a mask with an exhalation valve because it allows virus particles to escape and potentially infect other people. State mask requirements are also relevant. While the CDC sanctions the use of 2-layered gaiters, some states do not permit employees to wear gaiters at work. 

Should training cover how to wear a mask?

Employee mask use will not effectively limit virus spread in the workplace if they do not wear a mask correctly. For optimal protection, an employee’s mask should fully cover the mouth and nose. Mask fit is equally important. An employee who wears a mask with large gaps on the sides of the face puts other people at risk. According to the CDC, a mask should fit snugly under the chin and against the sides of the face so virus particles do not escape. Employees, customers, and clients will feel protected and safe in the work environment when employees consistently wear face masks properly.

Why is it important for employees to know how to social distance?

Many employees know that social distancing means keeping six feet of distance between themselves and others. However, there are many social distancing nuances that employees may not know about. One common misconception is that a person is equally protected from COVID-19 if they either wear a mask or social distance. This is simply not true. To limit the spread of COVID-19, employees should wear a mask and practice social distancing, particularly if they are not vaccinated. COVID-19 safety training helps dispel these common myths. 

What about COVID plans and policies?

Because the landscape of COVID-19 vaccination varies, the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees is often blurred. Despite recently updated CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals, many employers continue to require employee mask use even when state or local law does not. Employee training that can be customized to include policies specific to your workplace can help employees clearly understand the safety practices they must follow. Incorporating your workplace policies into employee safety training gives employees clear-cut directions on what is required in your workplace. 



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