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OSHA Publishes FAQs on Keeping Workers Safe from the Spread of COVID-19

Posted by: Karen Booher on July 13th, 2020

On Jul. 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a page of FAQs regarding the spread of COVID-19 and how to best keep workers safe from infection. OSHA developed these FAQs from inquiries from the public. The questions cover 13 different topics, including Personal Protective Equipment and Return to Work.

The FAQs are meant to provide guidance to both employers and employees. As companies continue to return to the office and employees begin moving freely in the world again, understanding how to mitigate the risk of infection is an essential step to returning to work.

Prior to publishing these FAQs, OSHA had also published two other resources for employers, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and Guidance on Returning to Work. This is just the department’s latest effort to ensure the safety of the U.S. workforce as offices seek to reopen.

Key Information for Businesses & Employees

The FAQs released by OSHA have important information for companies as they reopen their offices and for employees as they return to the office. From employee rights to PPE and employer obligations to provide a safe work environment, the FAQs are extensive.

Some of the notable information they cover includes:

There are other important topics covered on the FAQ page, with much more information that is necessary for employers and employees to know upon returning to work. Parts of the FAQs provide industry-specific information for the healthcare and construction industries as well.


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