As employers continue to navigate the unique challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: Stronger workplace guidance is being issued by the US Department of Labor, and employers should be prepared.
Earlier this year, OSHA alerted employers of updated worker safety guidelines for coronavirus protection programs to mitigate and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace. The goal is to provide a safe work environment for employees.
Here are some important questions we encourage all employers to consider:
- When was the last time you conducted a hazard assessment? How has that assessment been documented?
- Have you verified that your control measures to prevent the spread of the virus comply with CDC recommendations? How do you document these control measures? Is there a person and/or system in place to periodically review control measures for adequacy and review the overall program?
- Has your human resources department established a protocol to ensure that potentially infected workers can remain home without penalty? Do you have protections in place to ensure that employees can raise coronavirus-related concerns without fear of retaliation?
- Have you ensured that your non-English-speaking employees have material that communicates these new workplace protocols effectively?
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. Walden’s EHS Division is comprised of a team of environmental, health, and safety consultants who can offer your company training and guidance to be certain you are compliant with the US Department of Labor/OSHA standards and guidelines.
Walden’s EHS professionals will partner with you to review your process and help you address any gaps that might exist in light of this enhanced guidance. For more information, contact Walden today at 516-624-7200.