OSHA issued new guidance on June 18, 2020, to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the pandemic.
The new guidance supplements the DOL and DHHS guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 and the White House guidelines for opening up America again. The guidelines provide general principles for updating restrictions originally put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During each phase of the reopening process, employers should continue to focus on basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training.
The guidance provides that businesses should reopen as state and local governments lift stay-at-home orders and follow CDC and other federal requirements or guidelines. Employers should continue to use workplace flexibilities, such as teleworking, and continue to monitor federal, state, and local government guidelines for updated information. To access the new guidance, visit: