Federal Guidelines and Information
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.
This list of COVID-19 resources for workplace safety and health and related topics is provided by NSC and OSHA. It is intended as a resource and is not comprehensive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 4, 2021, released Antigen Testing for Screening in Non-healthcare Workplaces - A Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19. This printable fact sheet provides information about antigen testing, test results, reporting results and test frequency to help employers make informed choices.
Antigen tests can detect current infection before an employee enters the workplace or returns to work. This type of screening is especially useful for employees who do not show any signs or symptoms, or have known exposure to COVID-19. It is also useful for workers at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, like business travelers and those who work in crowded indoor spaces.
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 CDC has released guidance for leaders as they make decisions regarding re-opening public venues:
The following CDC consideration documents support the CDC Decision Tools (left):
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, 2020.
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:
Shortages in personal protective equipment and other supplies 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, 2020.
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.