HF Issue Alert: OSHA Clarifies COVID-19 Reporting Requirements
April 15, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that businesses will not have to consider confirmed cases of COVID-19 as recordable incidents for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping purposes unless there is objective evidence available to them that the cases are work related. OSHA noted that determining whether a worker contracted COVID-19 while performing work duties is difficult given ongoing community spread.
This announcement provides regulatory certainty to the manufacturing community and helps protect companies from unfounded liability claims while allowing businesses to focus on hygiene and safety procedures at their facilities.
You can find the OSHA enforcement memo here.
More information about worker safety best practices in the time of COVID is available as a pdf here.