The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued new guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance—which pertains to organizations outside of the health care sector—is intended to inform both employees and employers of the risks of occupational COVID-19 exposure, as well as outline top COVID-19 control measures for the workplace.
Specifically, this guidance suggests that employers implement COVID-19 prevention programs. According to OSHA, the most effective programs engage workers and their union or representatives in the program’s development. These programs should include the following key elements:
- A designated coordinator who is in charge of handling workplace COVID-19 concerns
- A hazard assessment that identifies how and where employees might be exposed to COVID-19 at work
- Various measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace (e.g., requiring face coverings, improving ventilation, enforcing physical distancing and performing routine cleanings)
- Additional protections for employees with a higher risk of severe illness (e.g., older staff or workers with underlying medical conditions)
- Education and training for staff on policies and procedures related to COVID-19 prevention
- A process for employees to anonymously report issues regarding occupational COVID-19 hazards
- Isolation and quarantine protocols for potentially exposed employees
- COVID-19 testing and screening arrangements
- Recording and reporting requirements for workplace COVID-19 cases and deaths
- A workplace COVID-19 vaccination plan
Click here to review OSHA’s latest guidance.
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