OSHA’s new publication offers COVID-19-related resources and strategies, as well as standards for compliance, designed to support workers’ safety.
OSHA’s publication, Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace, is a guiding document supplying prevention/mitigation strategies and recommendations for managing the risk of COVID-19. As the title implies, this guide offers resources that support workers’ safety and will be updated. It is important to understand it contains guidelines and required (therefore, legally mandatory) OSHA standards for compliance.
Some pertinent OSHA standards to consider are:
- Recordkeeping and Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Hazard Communication
If your business operates in a State OSHA environment, then further regulations may apply. Are you uncertain if you work in an OSHA-approved state plan state? This link lists all of the 22 state plan states and their contact information.
Not all business operations offer the same level of exposure for the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. Federal OSHA recognizes there are differences. Whether you are in construction, delivery, manufacturing, restaurant, retail, or waste management types of operations, there is a guide for your operation. OSHA offers online guidance for 29 specific industries. The optional “All Industries” Guide offers 19 topics that are not industry specific.
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