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The following federal resources and guidelines are designed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and help employers and employees understand new laws and safety compliance issues.
The Department of Health and Human Services has expanded COVID-19 testing capacity by delivering $11 billion in new funding for states, territories and tribes. "This funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act will provide critical support to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests, conduct surveillance, trace contacts and related activities," according to a CDC press release May 18.
Loading Dock/Stock Workers
OSHA has issued safety tips in English and Spanish to protect stockroom and loading dock workers in the retail industry, including information on:
OSHA and CDC issued joint Interim Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers.
OSHA launched a new webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers, including information on:
Meat and Poultry Processing Workers
OSHA, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued Interim Guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers for those involved in beef, pork and poultry operations.
Shortages in personal protective equipment and other supplies have led to interim guidelines that should be practiced when necessary as a crisis strategy to ensure availability for all workers.
From the Federal Emergency Management Agency
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Air Travel Toolkit for Airline Partners
CDC created a Communication Toolkit for Airlines to help them reach travelers and employees with COVID-19 prevention information.
Guidelines everyone can practice to decrease the spread of coronavirus.
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