OSHA FAQs: Coronavirus Guidance

OSHA FAQs: Coronavirus Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a fair amount of guidance to assist employers in their efforts to provide a safe work environment for their workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to this guidance, OSHA has also created a COVID-19 website where employers can access information about the latest agency updates and tailored advice on how to comply with workplace safety standards during this COVID-19 pandemic. This Compliance Bulletin provides OSHA’s answers to a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its COVID-19 guidance on:

  • General information
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Cloth face coverings
  • Construction
  • Employer requirements
  • Healthcare
  • Liability waivers
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Reporting
  • Restrooms and handwashing facilities
  • Retaliation
  • Return to work
  • Testing for COVID-19
  • Training
  • Worker protection concerns

Action Steps

Employers should review these FAQs to gain a better understanding of their workplace safety obligations during the pandemic. Employers in states with OSHA-approved state programs should also consult with their OSHA state agency.

Employers should visit the OSHA COVID-19 news and updates website to remain up to date on OSHA’s guidance and publications.

General Resources

 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. OSHA Publication 3990 (March 2020). Also available in Spanish.
 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID- 19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
 Protecting Workers During a Pandemic. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Returning to Work

 Guidelines for Opening up America Again. The White House.
 COVID-19 Returning Workers Training Tool. National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
 COVID-19 Workers Training Tool mobile application. National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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This Compliance Bulletin is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Design ©2020 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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