The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued new COVID-19 guidance to employers as of May 2020.
The guidance applies to workplaces and employers generally and to specific industries, such as bars and restaurants, manufacturing, child care, schools, and mass transit.
CDC Reopening Guidance
The CDC provides generic “decision tools” to assist in the reopening of workplaces and specific instruction for bars and restaurants, child care programs, youth programs and camps, schools, and mass transit. The guidance sets forth basic questions in three stages. Only by answering “yes” to all questions in each stage can the employer move to the next stage of questions and finally, reopen.
On May 6, 2020, the CDC updated its Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 with strategies and recommendations for employers seeking to reopen, such as:
The CDC further provides a table outlining the engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE) that employers may use to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
CDC and OSHA Provide Joint Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers
On May 12, 2020, the CDC and OSHA jointly issued Interim Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers. Although targeted at manufacturing, this detailed guidance provides a good overview of reopening issues for employers in other industries.
This guidance provides information and recommendations on topics including:
OSHA Issues Safety Alerts for Rideshare/Taxi/Car Service, Retail Pharmacies, Nursing Homes, Dental Practitioners, and Restaurant/Food and Beverage Businesses
As of May 2020, OSHA issued several alerts for the following:
These alerts list safety tips for each of the identified industries to help reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. They are available in both English and Spanish.
The information provided by the CDC and OSHA is comprehensive. Excelerator® offers HR guidance on how to implement CDC and OSHA instruction in your workplace.