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Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
The new guidance includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law. In addition, the WHD released a questions and answers document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.
As a reminder, the WHD published its first round of FFCRA implementation guidance on March 24th:
Fact Sheet for Employees
Fact Sheet for Employers
Questions and Answers
NMDOH COVID-19 Testing sites
Please review the three COVID-19 guidance products below that OSHA has published to help keep workers safe during this pandemic. These products can be disseminated to the broader construction industry.
The list below includes: a poster listing Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus, which has been translated into Spanish; a new video and poster on how to properly wear and dispose of respirators; and a new OSHA alert for the construction industry. Links to these new products are included below.
- Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
(OSHA 3994 - 2020) English: PDF
(OSHA 3995 - 2020) Spanish: PDF
- A new respirator video and posters demonstrate how to properly wear and dispose of a respirator
- Construction Industry Alert - A new OSHA alert for the construction industry
Additional information on COVID-19 guidance can also be found on the OSHA webpage.
Thank you for all you are doing to protect workers!
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19”) that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance, on the CDC website. The purpose of this page is to highlight resources available for the protection of workers.
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings, where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
Guidance to provide US public health authorities and other partners with a framework for assessing and managing risk of potential exposures to COVID-19 and implementing public health actions based on a person’s risk level and clinical presentation can be found below.
Guidance intended to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff can be found in the interim guidance below.
Infection prevention and control procedures follow the hierarchy of controls approach. This approach includes engineering controls, administrative controls (or changes in work practices), and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), which are all necessary to prevent infections from spreading in workplaces. The interim infection prevention and control recommendations linked immediately below are not intended for non-healthcare settings (e.g., schools) OR to persons outside of healthcare settings.
Staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, including persons under investigation, should refer to the interim guidance for home care.
When preparing for and responding to patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19, close coordination and effective communications are important among 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), commonly known as 911 call centers, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, healthcare facilities, and the public health system. Recommendations are provided in the interim guidance, shown below.
Specific guidance for the collection and submission of postmortem specimens from deceased persons under investigation and recommendations for biosafety and infection control practices during specimen collection and handling, including during autopsy procedures, are provided in the interim guidance, listed below.
General and specific biosafety guidelines for workers handling COVID-19 specimens are provided in the interim guidance, listed below.
Recommendations for the commercial airline industry about COVID-19, as well as recommendations for managing ill travelers onboard if novel coronavirus infection is suspected, can be found in the interim guidance below.
The interim guidance provides recommendations for ships originating from, or stopping in, the United States to help prevent, detect, and medically manage suspected COVID-19 infections.