As we learn more about COVID-19 and its effects on work sites, OSHA is working to keep their workplace standards updated. On April 10, 2020 they released a memorandum that states that employers in the construction industry will not be required to report Coronavirus related illnesses. Many employers have found it difficult to record whether an employee contracted Coronavirus, with certainty, from their job site. This difficulty has caused OSHA to update the rule on recordkeeping for the virus, the new rule is as follows:
“Employers of workers in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations (e.g., emergency medical, firefighting, and law enforcement services), and correctional institutions must continue to make work-relatedness determinations pursuant to 29 CFR 1904. Until further notice, however, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904 to require other employers to make the same work-relatedness determinations, except where:
- There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related. This could include, for example, a number of cases developing among workers who work closely together without an alternative explanation
- The evidence was reasonably available to the employer. For purposes of this memorandum, examples of reasonably available evidence include information given to the employer by employees, as well as information that an employer learns regarding its employees’ health and safety in the ordinary course of managing its business and employees.”
To read the full memorandum click here.
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