When it comes to dealing with COVID-19, their are special laws and regulations business owners must follow. If your business fails to abide by the safety regulations set in place, you could face liability charges if an employee becomes infected while working.
OSHA’s General Duty ClauseUnder OSHA’s General Duty Clause, employers must take steps to ensure the protection and prevention of occupational exposure to COVID-19. Examples of these steps are as follows, but are not limited to:
- Administrative controls promoting social distancing (i.e. blocking access to social gathering areas, staggering shifts in order to minimize the number of workers onsite)
- Engineering controls (i.e. installing barriers blocking physical access)
- Providing and/or requiring personal protective equipment (this equipment must be strictly personal or should be thoroughly cleaned after each use)
- Established and enforced safety and health rules (i.e. requiring face coverings)