Covid-19 Phase Three – Now What?

By Rebecca Batisto

Covid-19 Phase Three – Now What?

You (hopefully) have survived the crazy shortages, waiting outside of stores, found a comfortable mask and learned that hand sanitizer is not just for toddlers! You’ve hunkered down, homeschooled your children and tried to find a balance between keeping your business afloat and keeping your employees working and earning a paycheck. Perhaps you are reconsidering your office space to be non-essential?

Now your state is moving to Phase Three. What is that?

The following are excerpts from OSHA’s Guidance on Returning to Work https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA4045.pdf

PHASE THREE: Businesses resume unrestricted staffing of work sites.

Reopening should align with the lifting of stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders and other specific requirements of the Federal Government and state, local, tribal, and/or territorial (SLTT) governments across the United States, as well as with public health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal requirements or guidelines.

This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.

Recommendations

Sample Hazard Form: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3071.html#App3

Recommendations

Do I need to record Corona Virus cases on the OSHA log?

Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and thus employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if:

  1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);[2]
  2. The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR § 1904.5;[3] and
  3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR § 1904.7.[4] For more guidance on this: https://www.osha.gov/memos/2020-05-19/revised-enforcement-guidance-recording-cases-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

We hope that you, your loved ones and your employees have remained safe during these times. Until your doors are open remember to keep in constant contact with those working remotely by adding some fun in the mix. At Normandy Insurance we have weekly Zoom happy hours, virtual bingo games and even paint with cocktail sessions for our employees and clients.

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