To date, there have been nearly 27 million COVID-19 cases in the United States. The good news is cases are starting to decline, likely due to the 41 million vaccines administered across the country and the continued effort of those following safety measures. Employers can do their part to reduce the spread by following the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new guidance.
On January 29, 2021, OSHA issued a new guidance for employers on how to protect their workers and further prevent the spread of COVID-19. The guidance expands on already well-established protocols, i.e., sending ill workers home, wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and cleaning and disinfecting. But the guidance includes several new recommendations as well.
It’s important to note that the guidance is not a standard