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OSHA poster: 10 tips for reducing worker exposure to COVID-19

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Washington — OSHA recently released a poster that details 10 steps all employers can take to help reduce workers’ risk of exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released April 6, the poster’s No. 1 recommendation is to encourage workers to stay home if they are sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially reported fever, coughing and shortness of breath as symptoms of COVID-19 and, on April 27 the agency added chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell as others.

 

Further, employers should establish flexible worksites (e.g., telecommuting) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts) when possible. Organizations also should provide handwashing areas or hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol, and clean and disinfect surfaces regularly with Environmental Protection Agency-approved chemicals.

Other steps: Discourage workers from using colleagues’ phones, desks or other work tools, and encourage reporting of any safety and health concerns.

The poster is available in English and Spanish.

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