Do you know what OSHA has to say about COVID-19?
Although OSHA hasn’t issued any COVID-19-related standards, the agency has issued citations based on existing standards – more than $3.5 million in penalties.
OSHA reminds us to have a written respiratory protection program and has released guidelines for limiting workers’ exposure to the coronavirus.
Employers should periodically check OSHA’s website, as well as the CDC website, for updated guidance.
If an employee contracts COVID-19 it’s the employer’s responsibility to investigate whether the infections are work related. If coronavirus illnesses are found to be work related (think exposure from another employee or customer) then the employer must record the illness on the OSHA’s Forms 301 and 300.
Employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses and must be maintained for at least 5 years.
Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year on OSHA’s Form 300A.
Click here for your copy of OSHA’s recordkeeping forms and instructions.