The Occupational Safety and Health Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Historically that has meant training employees on safe procedures and providing them with the proper personal protective equipment to prevent injuries and illness. Today it also means taking the necessary actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.
Protecting workers from on-the-job injuries and illnesses has always been a challenge, as evidenced by the more than 5,200 individuals who lose their lives each year as a result of work-related incidents. However, with the emergence of COVID-19, employers face a new challenge: protecting their workers from a highly contagious virus that continues to claim more victims with each passing day.
But it's not only employees who must be protected. Visitors, vendors, customers, contractors and anyone else who enters onto a worksite must be instructed on the protocols that have been put in place to prevent infections from spreading. This requires posting signage that requires the use of masks as well as the need to observe rules for social distancing.
Now, as companies learn to operate safely in the "new normal," it is essential that employers make COVID-19 prevention a focal point of their current safety efforts. As your safety compliance partner, Clement is committed to helping you navigate this current global health crisis by creating products designed to capture attention and promote safe and potentially life-saving behaviors in your workplace.