OSHA Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On March 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published “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 provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 – also known as novel coronavirus – and contains information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure. Part of the DOL’s ongoing efforts to educate the workers and employers about the COVID-19 outbreak, the guidance from OSHA is at www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.

“Protecting the health and safety of America’s workforce is a key component of this Administration’s comprehensive approach to combating the coronavirus,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt stated in the OSHA news release. “This guidance outlines practical ways that employers and workers can address potential health risks from the coronavirus in their workplaces.”

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. For more information about OSHA, visit www.osha.gov. For more information about Coronavirus, visit the HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov.

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