Written on: June 23, 2021 by ICM
On June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its guidance for workplaces, called “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.”
It is intended to help employers and workers not covered by OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), identify COVID-19 exposure risks to workers who are unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk, and help them take appropriate steps to prevent exposure and infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that most fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The report includes guidance on:
The report also states, “Improving ventilation is a key engineering control that can be used as part of a layered strategy to reduce the concentration of viral particles in indoor air and the risk of virus transmission to unvaccinated workers in particular,” which includes HVAC systems.
Some measures to improve ventilation are discussed in CDC’s “Ventilation in Buildings and in the OSHA Alert: COVID-19 Guidance on Ventilation in the Workplace.” These recommendations are based on ASHRAE Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
See more at osha.gov/coronavirus/safework.