COVID-19 Materials and Resources (from various sources)
New Translations of OSHA Poster To Help Prevent Workplace Coronavirus Exposure
OSHA has translated and published its "Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus" poster in 11 additional languages. The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer should implement to protect workers' safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic.
OSHA News Release
Construction Firms: Safety Procedures to Protect Workers
Construction firms have created safety procedures designed to make sure their crews can continue to operate in a way that protects them and the public. Visit the Associated General Contractors of America website to view sample safety plans that cover the way firms operate, manage, staff and support their projects.
OSHA and CDC Issue Interim Guidance To Protect Workers in Meatpacking and Processing Industries
OSHA and the CDC have released joint coronavirus-related interim guidance for meatpacking and meat processing workers and employers - including those involved in beef, pork and poultry operations. The guidance includes recommended actions employers can take to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
OSHA News Release
OSHA Alert: COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce
OSHA has issued an alert for the manufacturing industry with tips to help workers reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, including keeping 6 ft. apart, staggering shifts when possible, and providing training on how to properly use/wear/maintain protective clothing/equipment.
Working from Home: Ergonomics
Covid-19 precautions have many people working from home for the first time. In this 30-minute recorded webinar hosted by the Nebraska Safety Council, ergonomics information is shared to help teleworkers set up effective spaces that can be used for safe and productive work.
Nebraska Safety Council
CDC: New Cleaning Guidance for Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19
New CDC guidance provides recommendations on cleaning and disinfecting rooms or areas where individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 have visited.
Quick COVID-19 Tips
OHSA has created short, shareable motion graphics highlighting health and safety tips on handwashing and more in English and Spanish.
Webinar: Coronavirus Workplace Safety - Exposure Prevention, Recordkeeping and Respirators
This recorded webinar hosted by the National Safety Education Center provides helpful information regarding COVID-19 employee training with an emphasis on respirators and face masks as well as other questions related to OSHA standards.
National Safety Education Center
AIHA: Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center
AIHA has created an online resource center updated daily with links to public health resources available for industrial hygienists, occupational safety & health scientists, public health officials, and others working to support front-line workers and personnel fighting the pandemic.
COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
This guide provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Federal partners highlights programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
USDA Resource Guide
CPWR: New COVID-19 Toolbox Talk
New COVID-19 Toolbox Talk from the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). Review important tips on how to keep yourself and your colleagues safe from coronavirus.
CPWR Toolbox Talk
OSHA: Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19
According to interim guidance issued April 10, OSHA is not requiring most employers outside of the health care industry to record cases of COVID-19 among their employees. This guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis.
OSHA News Release
Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19 by Industry
A new OSHA chart outlines safety steps to take based on worker exposure risk by industry.
CDC: New Guidelines for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines on when and how essential employees can go back to work even if they have been exposed to infected people.
OSHA Allowing All Employers to Suspend Annual Respirator Fit Testing
OSHA is extending its temporary leniency on annual respirator fit testing to all covered employers, not only those in the health care industry. The agency is directing its field offices to exercise "enforcement discretion" on fit-testing regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will remain in effect until further notice.
Safety + Health Magazine
OSHA: Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
Federal OSHA has created a new poster highlighting key steps to #KeepWorkersSafe from coronavirus exposure.
COVID-19 and Workplace Implications
Employers have many questions about how best to respond to COVID-19. The National Safety Council shares common questions answered by Dr. John Howard, director of NIOSH.
National Safety Council
OSHA: New Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and N95 Shortage Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
OSHA has issued interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR § 1910.134, and certain other health standards, with regard to supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators. Specifically, it outlines enforcement discretion to permit the extended use and reuse of respirators, as well as the use of respirators that are beyond their manufacturer's recommended shelf life. This guidance applies in all industries.
CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
The CDC has helpful guidance regarding cleaning and disinfecting your facility including everyday steps, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.
Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Masks
This paper from Duke University and Health System provides information about a validated technique of decontaminating N95 masks using hydrogen peroxide vapor so they can be re-used. The process is involved and requires the use of specific equipment to generate the H2O2 vapor but could be a feasible option to help protect healthcare workers on the front lines.
Duke University and Health System
COVID-19 Response Plan for Construction Employers
The Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America has a resource on a "Recommended COVID-19 Response Plan for Construction Employers"- an outline of what can be done to ensure the safety and health of their workforce, including taking the appropriate steps to limit the spread of the virus. Guide is available in English and Spanish.
New CDC Guidance: Preventing Workplace Exposures to COVID-19 in Non-Healthcare Settings
New CDC guidance can help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. Resources for businesses and employers include information on planning, preparing, and responding if COVID-19 spreads in your community.
FMCSA Relaxes Hours-of-Service Requirements for COVID-19 Response
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief supplies in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
EHS Daily Advisor
Map: COVID-19 Cases, Plus 11 Steps Your Organization Can Take
The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for EHS professionals nationwide. Keep up with the current number of cases throughout the U.S. and review 11 steps your organization can take to help limit your exposure to, and disruption by, the coronavirus.
EHS Daily Advisor