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OSHA Issues New COVID Workplace Guidance

Feb 4, 2021

OSAH-risk-pyramidIn response to a recent presidential Executive Order, OSHA has issued new guidance on protecting workers from COVID-19.

Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread Of COVID-19 in the Workplace is intended to inform employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare and help them identify the risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19 at work. It is also intended to help non-healthcare workers determine appropriate control measures to implement.

The guidance includes information on the roles of employers and workers in responding to COVID-19, including how to implement a COVID-19 workplace prevention program as the most effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at work, including the use of:

The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist employers in providing safe and healthy workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. This guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.

If you have questions about the new guidance, please contact Mike McCullion, Director of Market Sectors and Safety, at mmccullion@smacna.org.