Employers should prepare themselves for increased OSHA inspections by examining their policies to ensure they address workplace safety and health issues related to COVID-19 and that managers are properly trained on those policies.

On March 12, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a National Emphasis Program (NEP) designed to significantly reduce worker exposure to COVID-19 by targeting specific high-hazard industries or activities in which there is a risk of contracting the virus causing COVID-19 and it increases focus in preventing retaliation against workers who raise concerns.

Although many states are reducing COVID-19 related capacity restrictions and masking requirements, employers remain obligated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to keep employees safe from known hazards, including COVID-19. OSHA provides guidance and recommendations on its COVID-19 web page.


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