OSHA Covid 19 Guidance
Here is the most current information onf the Executive Order which was issued as presented by OSHA:
In response to President Biden's Executive Order, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") issued updated guidance on January 29, 2021, regarding how most employers should address COVID-19 in the workplace. Note, the guidance is not mandatory and does not currently affect employers in terms of legal enforcement.*
However, that does not mean employers shouldn't pay attention. Under federal OSHA's updated guidance, employers are encouraged to:
Develop a COVID-19 Prevention Plan and assign a responsible workplace coordinator.
Provide COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to eligible employees. However, do not distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated workers when implementing safety measures.
Provide face coverings, personal protective equipment, and supplies for good hygiene practices.
Install barriers and improve ventilation.
Implement physical distancing in all communal work areas — at least 6 feet between workers, and workers and customers, when possible.
Direct positive and exposed employees to quarantine/isolate from the workplace in accordance with CDC guidance.
Offer leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") on a voluntary basis through March 31, 2021. (Note: The FFCRA provides eligible employers 100% reimbursement through tax credits to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons through March 31, 2021.)
Perform routine cleaning and disinfection.
*OSHA's recommendations signal what may soon show up as a future "emergency temporary standard"(ETS), similar to one that Cal/OSHA already released for California employers.
Biden's Executive Order directed OSHA to consider and potentially implement an ETS by March 15, 2021.
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