OSHA Offers Advice to Protect Manufacturing Workers from COV-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Safety measures employers can implement to protect employees working in manufacturing include:
- Practicing sensible social distancing and maintaining 6 feet between co-workers, where possible.
- Establishing flexible work hours, (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
- Training workers on how to properly put on, use/wear, take-off and maintain protective clothing and equipment.
- Allowing workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent spread of the virus.
- Monitoring public health communications about coronavirus recommendations for the workplace and ensuring that workers have access to and understand that information.
- Promoting personal hygiene. If workers do not have access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Provide disinfectants and disposable towels workers can use to clean work surfaces.
- Encouraging workers to report any safety and health concerns.