There is a lot of confusion about what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to do during this pandemic. Jackson Walker partner Jon Mark Hogg explains that while COVID-19 is considered a recordable illness, OSHA wants employers to focus on prioritizing good hygiene and preventative practices in the workplace rather than trying to figure out if an employee’s COVID-19 diagnosis is work-related.
For more information about OSHA standards and directives during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.
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Summary of OSHA COVID-19 Compliance Guidance »
How do I comply with OSHA requirements if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19? To resolve confusion caused by the pandemic, OSHA recently issued several enforcement guidances. Among these are guidances on recording cases of Coronavirus and an interim enforcement response plan.
OSHA Issues Guidance for Non-Essential Businesses to Safely Return to Work »
On June 17, 2020, OSHA issued its Guidance on Returning to Work. While there is no OSHA standard specific to COVID-19, the General Duty Clause creates a responsibility for employers to provide a safe workplace that is free from serious recognized hazards.
OSHA Issues Updated Pandemic Guidance »
OSHA has recently updated its website by including frequently asked questions pertaining to workplace safety and the many challenges confronting employers with the COVID-19 outbreak. The information contained in the update includes new guidance pertaining to workplace gear for employees.
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