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COVID-19 Materials and Resources (from various sources)

CDC: NEW Resuming Business Toolkit

The CDC's new Resuming Business Toolkit is designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings. Not sure whether you're ready to resume business? Use CDC's decision tools as a start.
CDC Website

OSHA Answers FAQs on Wearing Masks at Work

New guidance from OSHA answers six frequently asked questions regarding the use of masks in the workplace during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
OSHA Website

June is National Safety Month: Key Workplace Safety Topics

During June is National Safety Month, the National Safety Council is highlighting resources from NIOSH and the CDC that prioritize key workplace safety topics affecting many lives at this time: mental health, ergonomics, building a culture of safety and driving.
NSC Website

CDC Freshens Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

The CDC has refreshed its guidance aimed at state governments and employers about the reopening of workplaces and other sites to the public. The guidelines now include sector-specific advice regarding best practices.
EHS Today

OSHA Alert: COVID-19 Guidance for Stockroom and Loading Dock Workers

OSHA has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to protect stockroom and loading dock workers in the retail industry from exposure to the coronavirus.
OSHA News Release

OSHA/CDC: Joint Interim Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers

This guidance provides a template of action to protect agriculture workers from COVID-19. Agricultural employers can adapt these recommendations to protect workers at their particular work sites or in specific work operations.
CDC Website

CDC: New Resources to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

The CDC has developed new training resources including a webinar series that can help nursing home and assisted living facility staff protect vulnerable residents from COVID-19.
CDC Website

Database of EPA-approved Disinfectants Available via App

The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a mobile app that allows users to easily search an online database of more than 400 disinfectant products that can help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Safety + Health Magazine

FMCSA Revises HOS Rules to Improve Safety/Increase Flexibility for Truckers

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America's roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.
FMCSA Website

OSHA Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus

Federal OSHA has has issued two revised enforcement policies for coronavirus to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees as economies reopen throughout the country.
OSHA News Release

NSC: Ten Employer Actions for a Safer Reopening

The National Safety Council - based on recommendations from the SAFER task force - have identified the 10 universal actions every employer must consider before reopening, and released a series of playbooks with in-depth recommendations for doing so safely.
National Safety Council

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.
AGC Website

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.
OSHA Alert

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.
CDC Website

Quick COVID-19 Tips

OHSA has created short, shareable motion graphics highlighting health and safety tips on handwashing and more in English and Spanish.
Federal OSHA

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.
AIHA Website

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.
OSHA Chart

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.
OSHA Poster

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 ยง 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.
Federal OSHA

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.
CDC Website

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.
LHSFNA Website


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.
NIOSH Website

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

OSHA Publishes COVID-19 Preparation Resources

Federal OSHA has released its "Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19" in order to assist organizations with emergency management plans following the widespread virus outbreak in the U.S. The document provides recommendations regarding safe work practices and personal protective equipment based on different levels of exposure and other risk factors.
Federal OSHA