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.