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OSHA Releases Covid-19 Safety Tips

April 24, 2020
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The U.S. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect workers from exposure to Covid-19.

Measures that can help protect employees working in construction include:

  • Encouraging workers to stay home if they are sick
  • Training workers how to properly put on, use/wear, and take off protective clothing and equipment
  • Allowing workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus
  • Continuing to use other normal control measures, including personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Advising workers to avoid physical contact with others and directing employees/contractors/visitors to increase personal space to at least six feet, where possible. Where work trailers are used, all workers should maintain social distancing while inside the trailers
  • Promoting personal hygiene. If workers do not have immediate access to soap and water for hand washing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol
  • Using Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus
  • Encouraging workers to report any safety and health concerns.

OSHA has also published Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, a document aimed at helping workers and employers learn about ways to protect themselves and their workplaces

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