OSHA Issues FAQs on Reporting Work-Related Cases of the Coronavirus

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published additional frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.

OSHA’s new FAQs provide information to help employers apply the agency’s existing injury and illness recording and reporting requirements to the coronavirus. In particular, the FAQs provide guidance on how to calculate reporting deadlines for in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities, and clarify the meaning of the term “incident” as it relates to work-related coronavirus in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities.

According to OSHA, based on guidance contained in the updated FAQ, the is withdrawing its citation against Winder Nursing Inc. in Winder, Ga.

OSHA has said that the additional FAQs are part of its efforts to provide employers and employees with more information about how it will enforce its standards and regulations during the pandemic. OSHA had previously published revised enforcement guidance detailing how it will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

Visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage for further information and resources about the coronavirus.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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