As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a new phase, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has released updated guidance for non-healthcare employers and employees as they return to or continue to go into the workplace. Unless otherwise required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, most employers no longer need to take steps to protect their fully vaccinated workers who are not otherwise at risk from COVID-19 exposure. However, employers and employees alike will need to continue to implement measures to protect unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk workers in their workplaces so that they can provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
The main objective of this training session is to inform unvaccinated and otherwise at-risk workers who are not covered by OSHA’s emergency temporary standard about appropriate steps they can take to prevent exposure to and infection with COVID-19.
- Identify basic facts about COVID-19, including how it is spread;
Develop and implement a cleaning and disinfection plan for the workplace;
Respond appropriately if a coworker becomes sick;
Recognize workplace policies and procedures implemented to protect employees from COVID-19 hazards; and
Maintain safe practices like ventilation, vaccination, testing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, wearing face coverings, physical distancing, and staying home when sick.