According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a lack of evidence that suggests widespread transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States at this time and most American workers are not at significant risk of infection. Some workers, however, who interact with potentially infected travelers from abroad may have a higher risk of exposure like those in healthcare, deathcare, laboratories, airline operations, border protection, solid waste, and wastewater management industries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises employers in higher-risk industries to adopt infection control strategies to prevent employee exposure by implementing or adjusting appropriate administrative controls, safe work practices and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) based on a thorough hazard assessment.
Interim guidance has been developed by OSHA to help prevent worker exposure across all industries to Coronavirus. Below is the general guidance for all U.S. workers and employers directly from OSHA’s website.
For all workers, regardless of specific exposure risks, it is always a good practice to:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
This month, the CDC also developed interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus which can be found here.
Clients may also contact MBA’s Risk Management department at 1.800.622.6460 or LossControl@mbahro.com for additional best practices.