OSHA Offers Employers Guidance for Dealing With COVID-19 in the Workplace

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Photo: CDC / Alissa Eckert & Dan Higgins

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released its “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help businesses respond to potential coronavirus in their workplaces. 

The document provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and includes information about safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.

“This guidance outlines practical ways that employers and workers can address potential health risks from the coronavirus in their workplaces,” said principal deputy assistant secretary for occupational safety and health Loren Sweatt.

OSHA also has launched a COVID-19 webpage that provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers. Also, OSHA is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from COVID-19 and conducting outreach activities. 

The Wage and Hour Division also 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 also has published guidance for federal employees and outlines Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to COVID-19. 

Further, OSHA reminds those concerned about COVID-19 to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance.

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