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OSHA Guidance for Employers

June 19, 2020

Over the past few months, OSHA released a series of resources and guidance for employers. This information including weekly tips is provided below.

Weekly Tips & Resources from OSHA

  1. Learn how to keep workers safe from COVID-19.
  2. Clear communication promotes confidence during a pandemic.
  3. See several ways to practice social distancing at work.
  4. Avoid sharing desks, phones, or other tools with other workers.
  5. Try flexible work hours or staggered shifts if telework is not an option.
  6. Never mix cleaning products that contain bleach and ammonia.
  7. Wash your hands after removing gloves or protective equipment.
  8. Encourage sick workers to stay home.
  9. Remember, high-risk job tasks may need more protections.
  10. Read and follow labels on containers of cleaning chemicals.
  11. Post handwashing signs in workplace restrooms.
  12. Make it a habit to disinfect work surfaces and equipment.
  13. Open every other cash register to create social distancing.
  14. Leave deliveries at doorsteps and loading docks, when you can.
  15. Clean your workplace with the right chemicals.
  16. Discourage workers from sharing tools.
  17. Regular handwashing is essential to your safety and health.
  18. Stay current on public health recommendations.
  19. Maintain social distancing while inside work trailers.
  20. OSHA protects workers wrongly disciplined for raising safety concerns.
  21. Flexible leave policies can keep workers and the public safe.
  22. Use cleaning chemicals approved to disinfect against the coronavirus.
  23. Increase the distance between workspaces.
  24. Reserve parking near the front door for curbside pickup.
  25. Move workstations farther apart.
  26. Assign the same workers to the same shifts with the same coworkers.
  27. Screen workers before they enter the workplace.
  28. If a worker becomes sick, disinfect their workstation and tools.
  29. Allow workers to wear face coverings when entering, inside, and exiting.
  30. Encourage restaurant patrons to pay ahead for takeout orders.
  31. Prevent workers from using other workers’ equipment.
  32. Make sure your respirator has a proper seal.
  33. Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.
  34. Practice physical distancing even if you have no symptoms.
  35. Have a process to address workers’ concerns.
  36. Encourage workers to monitor their health for signs and symptoms.
  37. Wash your hands before touching masks, gloves or any PPE.
  38. Provide ventilation in areas where dental patients are treated.
  39. Industry and contact with others impact your risk of exposure.
  40. Open vehicle windows to increase airflow.
  41. Separate pharmacy workers from customers with clear shields.
  42. Clean tools shared by meatpackers and processors.
  43. Train workers to use, wear, store and dispose of PPE.
  44. Monitor the temperature and health of healthcare workers.
  45. Post our 10 steps poster to reduce exposure risk.
  46. Install plexiglass partitions between workstations.
  47. Wash your hands before and after touching your mask.
  48. Restrict personnel entering patient isolation areas.
  49. Avoid direct hand-off of takeout or curbside orders.
  50. Clean vehicles shared among drivers or riders.
  51. Physical distancing helps keep workers and everyone safe.
  52. Allow workers at drive-thrus to wear cloth face coverings.
  53. Encourage customers to submit prescriptions online or by phone.
  54. Practice physical distancing even if you show no signs or symptoms.
  55. Train workers on proper respirator use.
  56. Use multiple languages to increase worker knowledge.
  57. Clean and disinfect vehicle door handles.
  58. Clean labs with hospital-grade disinfectants.
  59. Provide delivery workers with cleaning products.
  60. Stock stores when few or no customers are present.
  61. Provide hourly workers with touch-free clock in/out methods.
  62. Use the intercom system to remind patrons of physical distancing.
  63. Avoid using damaged or damp respirators.
  64. Use your fingertips to shape the mask nosepiece.
  65. Limit contact between workers receiving shipments and delivery drivers.
  66. Stagnant water systems can lead to Legionella hazards during reopening.
  67. Employers are required to keep workers safe.
  68. Bring unsafe work conditions to your supervisor’s attention.
  69. Sanitize any equipment that workers share.
  70. Stay home if you have a sick family member at home.
  71. Replace face-to-face meetings with video conferencing.
  72. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  73. Suspend non-essential business travel.
  74. Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.
  75. Train workers on the hazards of cleaning chemicals.

June News Releases

  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues OSHA Guidance As Non-Essential Businesses Reopen and Employees Return to Work
  •  – OSHA Trade Release – Statement by OSHA on the Death of the Honorable Eula Bingham
  •  – Region 2 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Fines New Jersey Manufacturer For Failing to Correct Machine Hazards
  •  – OSHA National News Release – As More Businesses Reopen, Worker Safety and Health Remains U.S. Department of Labor Priority
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Publishes 14 Additional Translations Of OSHA Poster on Proper Workplace Use of Respirators
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Carolina Shipyard After Employee Suffers Fatal Injuries at Worksite
  •  – OSHA National News Release – ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Orders Railway to Reinstate Employee After Being Terminated For Reporting Injury
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Statement on D.C. Circuit Court Ruling
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Roofing Contractor After Employee Suffers Fatal Fall at Alabama Worksite
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About Face Coverings, Surgical Masks and Respirators in the Workplace
  •  – Region 2 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Proposes $1.9 Million Fine to New Jersey Framing Contractor for Exposing Workers to Safety Hazards
  •  – OSHA Trade Release – U.S. Department of Labor Schedules Advisory Committee On Construction Safety and Health Meeting
  •  – OSHA National News Release – ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Failing to Protect Employees from Falls and Other Hazards
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Keep Stockroom And Loading Dock Workers Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA and CDC Issue Guidance to Help Agriculture Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Construction Contractors After Employee Falls at Florida Worksite

May News Releases

  •  – OSHA National News Release – ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert on Social Distancing To Keep Employees Safe at Work During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Actions to Protect America’s Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 2 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Construction Companies For Exposing Employees to Fall, Other Safety Hazards
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Contractor For Exposing Employees to Excavation Hazards
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Contractor for Exposing Employees To Cave-In Hazards at Excavation Site in Jacksonville
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Tower Company After Fatal Fall at Worksite in Mississippi
  •  – Region 6 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Chemical Manufacturer For Safety Hazards after Massive Explosion and Fire
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Contractors After Employee Suffers Fatal Fall from Aerial Lift
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Glass Fabrication and Distribution Company for Unguarded Machinery and Other Safety Hazards
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Releases Quotes from Written Testimony from Postponed OSHA Hearing
  •  – Region 8 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Dakota Bull Stud Facility After Employee Asphyxiated While Handling Liquid Nitrogen
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $11.5 Million In Worker Safety and Health Training Grants
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus
  •  – OSHA National News Release – ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Help Keep Retail Pharmacy Workers Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Keep Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facility Workers Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert for Rideshare, Taxi And Car Service Safety During Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 6 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Steel Storage Tank Company For Exposing Employees to Repeat Safety and Health Hazards
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Help Keep Dental Industry Practitioners Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Offers New Video and Poster on Proper Workplace Use of Respirators
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Publishes 11 New Translations of OSHA Poster To Help Prevent Workplace Coronavirus Exposure
  •  – Region 2 OSHA News Release – New Jersey Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Perjury After Lying During U.S. Department of Labor Investigation of Roof Workers’ Injuries
  •  – OSHA National News Release – ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers And Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  •  – OSHA National News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Issues Safety Alert for Restaurant, Food and Beverage Businesses Providing Curbside Pickup and Takeout Service