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OSHA Workplace Guidance Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

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February 1, 2021 | Posted by MICRO

Last Friday (1/29/2021) the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued stronger worker safety guidance to help employers and workers implement a coronavirus prevention program and better identify risks that could lead to exposure and contraction.

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” provides fresh guidance and recommendations, and outlines existing safety and health standards to assist employers in providing a safe and healthy workplace.

Implementing a coronavirus prevention program is the most effective way to reduce the spread of the virus. OSHA’s guidance recommends several essential elements in a prevention program: Conduct a hazard assessment. Identify control measures to limit the spread of the virus. Adopt policies for employee absences that do not punish workers but instead encourage potentially infected workers to remain home. Ensure that coronavirus policies and procedures are communicated to both English and non-English speaking workers.

Implement protections from retaliation for workers who raise coronavirus-related concerns. It is important to note that this guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of existing mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content and are intended to assist employers in recognizing and abating hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm as part of their obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace.

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