OSHA COVID guidance

COVID-19 workplace guidance released

Authored by Bukaty Companies on February 9, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new workplace safety guidance to help prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19. The guidance emphasizes the importance of mask wearing, social distancing and risk mitigation. Employees and employers are encouraged to work together to develop a prevention program.

Elements of the suggested prevention programs include

• identifying potential exposures and measures that limit the spread of the virus,
• ensuring workers infected or exposed to COVID-19 can be separated and sent home,
• considering additional protections for workers at higher risk,
• implementing protections for workers who raise COVID-19 concerns, and
• reporting COVID-19 infections and deaths.

One noteworthy point is that OSHA advises that a COVID diagnosis that is work-related must be recorded for reporting purposes on Form 300 logs when

1. the case is a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis;
2. the case is work-related; and
3. the case involves one or more relevant recording criteria (e.g., medical treatment, days away from work).

Additional requirements apply when reporting fatalities or hospitalizations.


Blog Category: Compliance

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