Infectious Disease & Response Program Development
Health & Safety Worker Protection for COVID-19
Virginia’s Occupational Safety & Health regulation sets legal mandate for workplaces
On July 15, 2020, the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program (VOSH) initiated enforcement of an Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19. Virginia is the first state to adopt a specific standard intended to protect workers and “to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of [COVID-19]” in the workplace.
The majority of workplace tasks fit into the “medium exposure risk level”
- Medium exposure risks jobs are those that “require more than minimal occupational contact” with others who may have COVID-19, but who are not known or suspected of having COVID-19.
- This includes those who provide services in schools, retail spaces, office spaces, restaurants and bars; manufacturing settings; construction; meat processing; and commercial transportation.
What is required of employers to comply?:
- Develop and implement a written Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan
- Provide employee training based on the Plan
Infectious Disease & Response Plans include:
- Customized policies and procedures tailored to each client to control the spread of COVID-19
- Contingency plans in the event of an infectious disease (COVID-19) outbreak
- Comprehensive infectious disease prevention and control measures
- Identification and isolation of sick and/or exposed employees
- Employee training and education requirements
- Procedures for minimizing exposure from outside of the workplace
- Recommended signage and documentation