Coronavirus (COVID-19): Health and Safety
Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
It is difficult to imagine a time when the health and safety of employees, and the workplace as a whole, has been such a critical issue for employers. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent organizations reeling and struggling to keep up with the concerns expressed by employees, as well the ever-evolving guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to name a few. Whether the safety measures are required or recommended, employers should understand how to implement and apply them to their organization.
Note that OSHA's revised Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace states that unless the workplace is covered by OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare settings or face covering requirements as a public transportation entity, most employers do not need to take health and safety measures to protect their employees from COVID-19 in a workplace or well-defined portion of the workplace if all employees are fully vaccinated . However, in workplaces where there are unvaccinated or other at-risk workers (e.g., because of a prior transplant or other medical condition), health and safety measures should still be taken as discussed below.