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    OSHA Issues COVID-19 Worker Protection Guidance

    • Published
    • 29 January 2021
    • Category
    • News

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance today focused on reducing employees’ COVID-19 exposure risk in U.S. workplaces. During his first week in office, President Biden directed the agency to release guidance to help employers keep healthy employees on the job and those with symptoms or exposure risk at home until it is safe for them to return to work.

    Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace outlines applicable health and safety standards and contains advisory recommendations for prevention programs. The guidance is not an enforceable standard or regulation. Guidance includes taking steps to ensure infected or potentially infected people are not in the workplace, using physical distancing and personal protective equipment, improving ventilation, practicing good hygiene and performing routine cleaning.

    Recommendations for employers include:

    • Conduct a hazard assessment.
    • Identify control measures to limit spread of the virus.
    • Adopt policies for employee absences to encourage potentially infected workers to remain home.
    • Ensure that coronavirus policies and procedures are communicated to both English and non-English speaking employees.
    • Implement protections from retaliation for workers who raise coronavirus-related concerns.

    Officials said OSHA will update its guidance as developments in science, best practices and standards warrant.

    Here is a link to the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released by the Biden Administration.

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