Last Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.
In the Guidance, OSHA adopted the CDC’s recent recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Like the CDC, OSHA recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. OSHA also recommends that fully vaccinated individuals who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 get tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of exposure and be required to wear a face covering for fourteen days after contact, unless the individual receives a negative test result.
The Guidance also continues to encourage employers to promote vaccination among their employees. OSHA recommends that employers provide paid time off for employees to get vaccinated and recover from any side effects, consider working with local public health authorities to provide vaccinations in the workplace, and consider adopting policies that require employees to get vaccinated or to undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
OSHA’s complete updated Guidance can be found here. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures for your workplace, please reach out to one of our employment law attorneys.
This post was written by Rachel Felton