5 OSHA tips on protecting hospital workers from coronavirus

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

The guide, published March 9, was developed with HHS and tells employers how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here are five tips from the guide:

1. Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan if one is not already in place.

2. Implement good hygiene and infection control practices, including encouraging employees to stay home if they are ill.

3. Develop policies and procedures for prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious people.

4. Develop, implement and communicate with employees about protections at their workplace.

5. Follow current OSHA standards, such as personal protective equipment standards, that may apply to protecting workers from exposure to and infection with the novel coronavirus.

Read the full guide here

 

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