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OSHA Issues Modified COVID Guidance
WCS News Alert
On August 13, 2021, OSHA issued updated guidance under their COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The statement was released in accordance with the CDC’s modified masking policies issued July 27th as the Delta variant renews concerns of workplace exposure.
OSHA noted vaccines as being the “optimal step” in protecting workers, but in high volume fields such as retail, encourages the potential necessity of layered precautions to protect the unvaccinated and at-risk individuals.
The guidance outlines the following recommendations:
- Masks be worn in communal areas of substantial or high transmission, including by fully vaccinated workers in order to protect unvaccinated workers;
- Fully vaccinated workers that come in close contact with individuals who test positive for coronavirus wear masks for up to 14 days, unless they test negative themselves at least 3 days after said contact;
- Defines recommendations to protect unvaccinated workers and other at-risk workers in specialized industries including manufacturing, meat and poultry processing, seafood processing and agricultural processing.
You can read the full modifications, as well as all previously recommended measures that continue to stand, here.
If you have questions regarding your COVID workplan or addressing these modifications in your own workplace policies, contact our Employment Law Group.
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