OSHA Issues Additional COVID-19 Guidance
February 1, 2021
As required by President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued updated COVID-19 guidance titled Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.
OSHA states: “This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of existing mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content and are intended to assist employers in recognizing and abating hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm as part of their obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace.”
While Nevada employers are likely already engaged in many of these mitigation efforts, it is wise to carefully review this new guidance to determine whether additional measures should be taken or whether adjustments should be made to your COVID-19 protocols. In addition to a guidance, the President’s Order required OSHA to consider whether a binding OSHA standard is needed for COVID-19. We will keep you updated on this matter as we expect that a standard will be issued in the coming weeks.
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