Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies for Coronavirus

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees. These relate to Federal OSHA regulations, not specific state plans.

  1. OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces.
  2. OSHA is revising its previous enforcement policy for recording cases of coronavirus. Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, coronavirus is a recordable illness, and employers are responsible for recording cases of coronavirus if the case:
    • Is confirmed as a coronavirus illness;
    • Is work-related as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5; and,
    • Involves one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7, such as medical treatment beyond first aid or days away from work.

Under the new policy issued, OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers.

Here is a link to read the full News Release from the U.S. Department of Labor.