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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Document

The document mainly provides guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and contains information on safe work practices and appropriate protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Protecting the health and safety of America’s workforce is a key component of this Administration’s comprehensive approach to combating the coronavirus,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.

“This guidance outlines practical ways that employers and workers can address potential health risks from the coronavirus in their workplaces.”

The document walks through the following:

  • How a COVID-19 outbreak could impact the workplace;
  • Steps employers can take to reduce exposure risk;
  • Jobs classified at Lower Risk Exposure;
  • Jobs classified at Medium Risk Exposure;
  • Jobs Classified at High or Very High Risk Exposure;
  • Workers Living Abroad or Traveling; and
  • OSHA Assistance, Services and Programs.

This guidance is part of the DOL’s ongoing efforts to educate the workers and employers about the COVID-19 outbreak. Other initiatives include:

  • OSHA recently launched a COVID-19 webpage that provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers, and is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus, as well as conducting outreach activities.
  • The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has also published guidance for federal employees and outlines Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.

The full guidance document can be found here.

View all of PaintSquare Daily News' coverage on COVID-19, here.

   

Tagged categories: COVID-19; Department of Labor; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Safety

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