Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
Occupational Safety and Health Administration - January 29, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has prepared this guidance for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this guidance to help identify risks of being exposed to and of contracting COVID-19 in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.
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.
Pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“the OSH Act”
or “the Act”), employers must comply with safety and health
standards and regulations issued and enforced either by OSHA or
by an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General
Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their
workers with a workplace free from recognized hazards that are
causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
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