The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the world as we know it. This environment presents new challenges to keep workers, customers, and the public safe, and we all play a significant role in preventing the spread of this virus.
OSHA is also exercising its enforcement discretion to provide certainty to employers and workers. Until further notice, OSHA will enforce the record keeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904.5 for employee COVID-19 illnesses for all employers according to the guidelines below.
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COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are true:
The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on persons under investigation and presumptive positive and laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19);
The case is work-related (as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5); and
The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work).
Employers should also consult OSHA’s enforcement memos for recording cases of COVID-19, effective through May 25, 2020 and beginning on May 26, 2020.
Recording a COVID-19 disease does not necessarily mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard. Also, under existing regulations, employers with ten or fewer employees and individual employers in low hazard industries have no recording obligations.
But what can you do as an employer to keep people safe? In addition to following the CDC guidelines for social distancing and disinfecting, utilizing signage and other visual markers to keep everyone alert and aware of potential hazards and following best practices can make a significant impact.
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There are many options available including:
- Temperature check station signage
- Social distancing signs and floor markers
- Face-covering requirement signage
- Hygiene best practices
- Large mobile partition panels
- Desk/counter barrier panels
ABATIX can also assist you with custom signs to meet your business’s unique needs.