HR Quick Take: OSHA and the Coronavirus

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Q: I’m in an industry where we have to record injuries for OSHA. If one of my employees develops COVID-19 (coronavirus) is that a recordable event?

A: In general, OSHA exempts recording standard illnesses such as the cold and flu as part of your injury work exposure logs. However, OSHA has determined that the COVID-19 virus is a recordable illness if a worker is infected due to job exposure. This is separate from the health care requirements that providers report certain illnesses to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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