OSHA Publishes Guidance for Employers on COVID-19
January 29 the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had issued stronger worker safety guidance for employers regarding protections for workers from COVID-19. The guidance strongly encourages employers to ensure they have implemented a coronavirus protection program. The guidance lists 15 potential instructions, including evaluating workplaces for hazards, isolating workers, and cleaning and disinfecting workplaces.
The guidance follows President Biden’s executive order on January 21, directing OSHA to release clear guidance for employers to help keep workers safe from COVID-19 exposure.
It is important to note that the OSHA guidelines are not mandatory but are advisory in nature. Additionally, President Biden has called on OSHA to consider issuing a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for workplaces, which would be required and possibly published by mid-March.
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