OSHA Guidance over COVID-19

This week, OSHA released new guidance for U.S. employers, giving recommendations on how to reduce worker exposure to coronavirus in the face of the COVID-19 situation – a situation that the World Health Organization has now labeled a “pandemic.” The guidance discusses regulations relevant to this situation, including the General Duty Clause under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), which requires that employers provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious harm” (previously discussed here), and the regulations governing required use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as respirators, face masks, and gloves.

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