Implement OSHA Recommended Measures to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Checklist
Author: Rosemarie Lally, JD
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidance on June 10, 2021 for general industry on protecting workers from COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance is advisory in nature and does not create any new legal obligations.
The guidance states that most employers no longer need to take steps to protect their workers from COVID-19 exposure in any workplace, or well-defined portions of a workplace, where all employees are fully vaccinated. Exceptions exist for workplaces covered by OSHA's COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard and mask requirements for public transportation. The guidance is designed to help employers protect workers who are unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk from COVID-19 exposure, with a special emphasis on industries noted for prolonged close contacts like meat processing, manufacturing, seafood, grocery and high-volume retail.
The guidance urges employers to engage with workers and their representatives to implement certain measures to protect unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk workers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Although employers do not have to complete the following steps in sequential order to properly complete the checklist, certain steps should be done in order.