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COVID-19 pandemic: OSHA creates guidelines for reopening ‘nonessential’ businesses

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Washington — As “nonessential” businesses across the country get ready to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA is offering guidance on protecting returning workers.

The document lays out a three-phase reopening strategy. It lists recommendations for each phase and provides examples of how to implement hazard assessments, controls, hygiene practices, physical distancing, identification and isolation of ill employees, and training, among other topics.

“For all phases of reopening, employers should develop and implement policies and procedures that address preventing, monitoring for and responding to any emergence or resurgence of COVID-19 in the workplace or community,” OSHA states.

The document has a set of FAQs and answers, as well as applicable OSHA standards and required workplace protections.


“OSHA recommends that employers continually monitor federal, state and local government guidelines for updated information about ongoing community transmission and mitigation measures, as well as for evolving guidance on disinfection and other best practices for worker protection,” a June 18 press release states.

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