The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.
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Understand how OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from COVID-19.
- Key OSHA standards for COVID-19
- Other relevant OSHA standards
- Temporary guidance on respirator annual fit-testing requirements in healthcare
- Enforcement directives
- Workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities
Take steps to prevent worker exposure to COVID-19.
- What is a coronavirus?
- How is the COVID-19 different from other coronaviruses?
- What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection?
- What should I do if I think I have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19?
- How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
- How is COVID-19 treated?
- Existing OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
- Signs and symptoms of infection with COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Some people who get the COVID-19 may experience only mild illness. However, the virus can also cause pneumonia, which may be severe.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- COVID-19 cases in the United States include cases among travelers, cases among close contacts of a known case, and community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown.
- CDC issued a warning notice to avoid all non-essential travel to China. CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have implemented enhanced health screenings to detect travelers with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing when entering the United States.