OSHA Releases COVID-19 Healthcare Workplace Safety Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, with guidance about how to protect healthcare workers from contracting the virus on the job. The website for the rule includes the full text of the standard, a fact sheetFAQs, and guidance on whether a workplace is covered by the new policy. Curi encourages practices to determine whether they are covered by the rule.

All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.