By now, most employers are aware that OSHA requirements apply to preventing workplace exposure to Covid-19. As summarized by OSHA, the most relevant requirements are:
- OSHA’s PPE standards which require using gloves, eye and face protection, and respiratory protection when job hazards warrant it. When respirators are necessary to protect workers, employers must implement a comprehensive respiratory protection program in accordance with the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
- The General Duty Clause, which requires employers to furnish to each worker “employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
OSHA has recently clarified employer obligations for recording workplace exposures to COVID-19 on OSHA 300 logs as follows:
COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. However, employers are only responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if all of the following are true:
- The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19;
- The case is work-related (as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5); and
- The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work).
More information is here: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/standards.html#temp_enforcement_guidance
OHA also has updated guidance for employers, broken down by State and Phase I counties: https://osha.oregon.gov/covid19/Pages/covid-19-QAexpectations.aspx