OSHA Issues New Guidance On Non-Essential Business Re-openings

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 On June 18, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The DOL’s guidance supplements the US Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and the White House’s Guidelines for Opening up America Again. 

The DOL rules provide general principles for updating COVID-19 restrictions and advises that, during each phase of the reopening process, employers should continue to emphasize basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training. 

OSHA notes that non-essential businesses must adhere to state and local governments’ public health rules and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The guidance also says employers should continue to consider ways to use workplace flexibilities, such as remote work and alternative business operations, to provide goods and services to customers. 

Click here to review the guidance.