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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.
State and local public health officials and policy makers can compare three contact tracing strategies using COVIDTracer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "The tool allows you to vary estimates of the potential effectiveness of each strategy, the average number of contacts per case, and the time needed for case interviews and contact follow-up activities. ... COVIDTracer provides you with estimates of the number of personnel needed to conduct case investigations, contact tracing, and case and contact monitoring," as well as other information.
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.
OSHA has issued an alert listing steps employers can follow to implement social distancing in the workplace and to help protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus. Safety measures employers can implement include:
The new alert is available for download in English and Spanish.
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 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH shared the following journal articles as they pertain to a SAFER Task Force discussion on face shields June 24.
From the Federal Emergency Management Agency
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
From the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Comprehensive safety resources for the new work environment.
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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