From our colleagues at the FrESH Law Blog comes a post analyzing the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recent Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States in early 2020, OSHA has been issuing COVID-19 guidance to employers on appropriate ways to address the pandemic, as previously discussed here, here, and here. The guidance has mirrored recommendations coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House, and builds upon past guidance OSHA has offered to employers when dealing with other (not so) similar pandemics.
OSHA’s most recent (and perhaps most telling) guidance was issued on April 13, 2020, in the form of a memorandum to OSHA regional administrators and state plan designees, entitled Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (the IERP). Although aimed to guide field offices and OSHA inspectors dealing with and investigating COVID-19-related issues in the workplace, the guidance provides particularly useful insight for employers into the agency’s safety, health, and enforcement priorities as we all struggle to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continue reading on the FrESH Law Blog at this link.