Employees are legally entitled to a safe and healthy workplace. As businesses operate amid the COVID-19 public health emergency, employers must take action to protect employees from COVID-19 in the workplace.
Whether a business has remained open during the coronavirus pandemic or is currently drafting a comprehensive reentry strategy to reopen physical workplaces, each business will need to establish safe operating protocols as outlined by the CDC, OSHA, EPA and other governmental agencies. These protocols include—but are not limited to—conducting a risk assessment of workplaces, creating a site plan, and training all employees.
At Because Health, we are committed to guiding employers and employees through these uncertain times. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list (with descriptions) of the most reputable and up-to-date COVID-19 workplace enforcement and compliance resources.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020
This interim guidance is meant to help businesses and employers plan, prepare, prevent, and respond to workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. Unless otherwise specified, this interim guidance applies to critical infrastructure workplaces as well.
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards that are advisory and informational, and intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.
COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Resources
This website has been established in order to provide the public, the regulated community, and other government agencies with the most complete and up-to-date information on EPA enforcement and compliance policy and actions related to COVID-19.
These resources are meant to aid employers as they manage the impact of COVID-19 on their workplace legal and compliance requirements. This page is continuously updated regarding COVID-19 compliance and risk management developments at both the federal and state levels.
COVID-19 and the American Workplace
This resource outlines the U.S. Department of Labor announcement regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Comprehensive On-site COVID-19 Workplace Health Program
If you have any workplace compliance, risk management, or employee health and wellness (including testing) questions related to COVID-19, please contact us today. We’re here to help ensure that your business stays compliant with stringent OSHA requirements, CDC recommendations, and EPA standards as you and your employees return to normal operations.