OSHA Offers Guidance To Protect Workers From Infections
The Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration (OSHA) recently updated guidance and recommendations for businesses looking to help protect workers from the transmission of COVID-19. The proposed practices align with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and scientific research.
This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of existing mandatory OSHA standards, the latter of which are clearly labeled throughout. The recommendations are advisory in nature and informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in recognizing and abating hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm as part of their obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace.
In addition to recommendations for employers, the document includes tips on how staff can protect themselves from the transmission of COVID-19.
Click here for a full list of OSHA recommendations to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace, including:
Providing time off for employees to receive the vaccine
Educating and training workers on your COVID-19 policies and procedures
Maintaining ventilation systems
Recording and reporting COVID-19 infections and deaths