COVID19 OSHA Requirements & Reducing Workplace Exposure
On April 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new poster listing steps all workplaces can take to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.
The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer can implement to protect workers' safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic.
Safety measures include:
· Encouraging sick workers to stay home
· Establishing flexible worksites and staggered work shifts
· Discouraging workers from using other workers' phones, desks and other work equipment
· Using Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus.
The release is the latest effort by OSHA to educate and protect America's workers and employers during the coronavirus pandemic. In response to President Trump's action to increase the availability of general use respirators, OSHA has issued a series of guidance that expand access to respirators in the workplace.