Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New OSHA poster with 10 tips for reducing coronavirus risk

One day, I'll go back to regular employment law instead of an onslaught of DOL updates and guidance . . . but NOT today! DOL issued a new OSHA poster: Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus. Here are the ten tips: 
1. Encourage workers to stay home if sick.  
2. Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. 
3. Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.  
4. Limit worksite access to only essential workers, if possible.  
5. Establish flexible worksites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.  
6. Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, or other work tools and equipment.  
7. Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment. 
8. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus. 
9. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products.  
10. Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

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