OSHA Provides Guidance and Resources on How to Respond to COVID-19

The OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is urging employers and workers to take advantage of interim guidance and resources available from OSHA in response to COVID-19. OSHA’s webpage provides workplace safety information about the evolving coronavirus pandemic, including links to interim guidance, hazard recognition and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus.

“As employers and workers gradually venture out of sheltering in place and slowly resume work activities, it is vitally important that they know as much as possible how to protect themselves and others from contracting COVID-19,” says Cari Elofson-Callahan, assistant director of the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. “OSHA is deeply committed to helping employers and workers understand and follow the proper procedures and safety protocols to control and prevent the spread of this deadly disease.”

In order to make the array of information on this health crisis more accessible, OSHA has organized the material into several key categories.

News and Updates offers the latest OSHA COVID-19 resources, including Seven Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work and COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants & Beverage Vendors Offering Takeout or Curbside Pickup, available in both English and Spanish.

Hazard Recognition offers information on risk assessment for different industries, including Classifying Risk of Worker Exposure to COVID-19 and Identifying Potential Risks and Sources of Exposure.

Standards outlines how current OSHA standards apply to protect workers from COVID-19 and covers enforcement discretion guidance, enforcement directives and workers’ rights/employers’ responsibilities.

Medical Information answers many basic questions about COVID-19, including:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
  • What should I do if I think I have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19?
  • Am I at high risk for complications from COVID-19?

Control and Prevention provides general guidance for all workers and employers and additional interim guidance both for those at lower risk of exposure and those with increased risk of exposure.

Visit OSHA’s COVID-19 website for the latest OSHA guidance, information and resources on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in your workplace.

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