OSHA prepares workplaces for novel coronavirus

March 11, 2020 By    

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

COVID-19 or novel coronavirus. Photo: fpm/E+/Getty Images

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The document 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.

The guidance is part of the Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to educate workers and employers about the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the guidance, OSHA:

  • Launched a COVID-19 webpage that provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers.
  • Is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus.
  • Is conducting outreach activities.

The Wage & Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including:

  • Effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

For further information about coronavirus, visit the HHS’ Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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