OSHA Testifies about Protecting Workers During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 28, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – testified before the House Education and Labor Committee’s Workforce Protections Subcommittee about the agency’s role during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a news release from OSHA.

“Throughout the ongoing pandemic, OSHA’s work is continuing uninterrupted,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt wrote in her testimony. “From conducting thousands of investigations to issuing critical guidance aimed at protecting workers in high-risk industries, OSHA is on the job protecting America’s workers against the coronavirus.”

The testimony from OSHA highlighted the agency’s continued work to keep American workers safe during these unprecedented times. OSHA has released many public statements related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that include Offering Clear Direction for Employers, Enforcing Safety in the Workplace, Protecting Workers in High-Risk Industries, and Respirator Guidance:

Offering Clear Direction for Employers:

Enforcing Safety in the Workplace:

Protecting Workers in High-Risk Industries:

Respirator Guidance:

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information about OSHA, visit www.osha.gov.

On March 9, 2020, OSHA published its guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 which was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to help companies respond in the event of Coronavirus in the workplace, according to a news release from OSHA. The guidance on COVID-19 from OSHA is at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a potentially deadly respiratory illness that spreads from person to person. As of June 1, 2020, there are more than 6.1 million total confirmed global cases and more than 372,000 total global deaths, while the United States leads the world with more than 1.7 million total cases and more than 104,000 total deaths, according to research from Johns Hopkins University.

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