Getting Back to Work: OSHA Guidance for Non-Essential Businesses

Ruth Binger

By Ruth Binger

OSHA has released new guidelines for reopening to help non-essential businesses ensure the safety and health of their employees and customers from the spread of COVID-19.

This new guidance supplements Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Guidelines for Opening up America Again from the White House.

Under the new OSHA guidelines, businesses should establish reopening policies and procedures in the following areas:

  • Hazard assessment (when/where/how workers could be exposed to the virus)
  • Hygiene practices
  • Social distancing
  • Identifying and isolating sick employees
  • The return of employees exposed or ill from the virus to work
  • Workplace controls (e.g., personal protective equipment required due to employer’s hazard assessment results)
  • Flexibility (e.g., work from home, sick leave, etc.)
  • Employee training on symptoms

Resources:

Guidance on Returning to Work

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Guidelines for Opening up America Again

For additional COVID-19 related information, go to our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Center.

Post by Attorney Ruth Binger with assistance from Brenda Christmas Marlowe, Marketing Manager. Binger serves both emerging and mature businesses concentrating in corporate law, intellectual property and technology law, cybersecurity, digital media law, and labor and employment law. Her commitment to the success of small to medium-sized businesses, and her understanding of multi-faceted issues inherent in operations, are what distinguish Binger’s practice.


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