Preventing Coronavirus Spread at the Workplace

One effective way of preventing coronavirus spread at the workplace is identifying where and how workers might be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace according to the law. The main thing to do is conduct a thorough hazard assessment of the workplace to identify potential workplace hazards.

  • Determine if workplace hazards are present, or are likely to be present, and determine what type of controls or PPE are needed for specific job duties.
  • Employers are required by OSHA standards to determine what PPE is needed for their workers’ specific job duties.
  • Select and provide appropriate PPE to the workers at no cost, and
  • Train their workers on its correct use.
  • Encourage workers to wear a cloth face covering at work if the hazard assessment has determined that they do not require PPE, such as a respirator or medical facemask for protection.
  • Remind employees and customers that CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

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