Is There a Pandemic OSHA Regulation?
OSHA does not have a specific pandemic prevention regulation, but keeping employees safe from COVID-19 and similar pandemics does fall under OSHA’s General Duty Clause.
Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause, employers must keep employees safe from work related safety & health issues including the Coronavirus. Applicable standards also include PPE, Eye and Face Protection, Hand Protection, and Respiratory Protection standards. OSHA is advising employers to provide training to all workers with reasonably anticipated occupational exposure to COVID-19.
As enacted by 29 U.S.C. 651 (listed as 15 U.S.C. 651 in the Paycheck Protection Plan application) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can require businesses to modify facilities and procedures to protect their employees. In order to apply for the Paycheck Protection Plan, employers must certify that they are in compliance with OSHA, to the best of their knowledge.
Be OSHA-Ready With A Pandemic Preparedness Plan
Employers will want to treat COVID-19 with the same attention as any other safety and health hazard that may be found at their establishments. Lancaster Safety’s team has developed a Pandemic Preparedness Program that employers can implement immediately. By providing employees with a Pandemic Preparedness Program & Training, employers are showing the leadership that’s necessary in order to reduce the impact this pandemic has on our society, play a key role in lessening the spread of the virus, and protect their employees.
Our Pandemic Preparedness Plan will cover the following information:
- Pandemic preparedness overview
- Employer and employee responsibilities
- Hazard recognition and exposure
- Workplace safety controls
- Procedures for identifying and isolation of potentially infectious employees
- Employee training and documentation
It is no surprise that some contractors are already requiring this program before work may be done on a job. Contact us today to get a Pandemic Preparedness Plan for your workplace!