On January 29th, the Department of Labor issued a News Release regarding workplace guidance on COVID-19.
Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe place and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. The point of the news release is to provide employers with information for improving their company’s protection program for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC estimates that over 50% of the recent spread of the virus is from individuals who had no symptoms. Implementing robust requirements at work has proven to prevent the spread of the virus.
OSHA recommends that employers implement a COVID-19 prevention program to mitigate the spread of the virus in the workplace. The guidance information announced in the release refreshes what we know, and it might highlight something you missed when preparations for COVID-19 first began a year ago.
The guidance is well labeled, but the information is extensive and detailed. We have provided you with the names of the sections of the webpage below. Hopefully this will make your search easier.
In the guidance on OSHA’s website, Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace, there are a tremendous number of specific ideas, recommendations and linked resources, including helpful industry specific guidelines.
When you click on the guidance link, it will take you to an OSHA webpage that is very thorough and lists the following sections for the guidance. Remember, there are many links that will take you to other helpful resources.
OSHA Coronavirus Guidance Sections:
- Executive Summary
- About COVID-19
- What Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 Protections in the Workplace
- The Role of Employers and Workers in Responding to COVID-19. (There are 16 sections to this topic.)
- Additional Detail on Key Measures for Limiting the Spread
- Eliminating the Hazard by Separating and Sending Home Infected or Potentially Infected People from the Workplace.
- Implement Physical Distancing
- Install Barriers Where Physical Distancing Cannot Be Maintained
- Suppressing the Spread of the Hazard Using Face Coverings
- Improving Ventilation
- Use Personal Protective Equipment When Necessary
- Provide the Supplies Necessary for Good Hygiene Practices
- Perform Routine Cleaning and Disinfection
|Check out our COVID-19 Resource Center for more resources and information.|