In its report , The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides updated guidance on safety measures and health standards employers should follow during the COVID-19 pandemic, listing the following as necessary steps:
- Conduct a hazard assessment.
- Identify control measures to limit the spread of the virus.
- Adopt policies for employee absences that don’t punish workers as a way to 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.
“OSHA is updating its guidance to reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus and improve worker protections so businesses can operate safely and employees can stay safe and working,” says OSHA principal deputy assistant secretary Jim Frederick.
In a statement, OSHA says the new guidelines do not present a new legal obligation for employers, merely clarifications to reduce COVID-19 transmission. For more information, visit osha.gov.