The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

The document provides practical guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, and contains information on safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment based on the risk level of exposure.

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The guidance is part of the Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to educate workers and employers about the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the guidance, OSHA:

  • Launched a COVID-19 webpagethat provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers.
  • Is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus.
  • Is conducting outreach activities.

The Wage & Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including:

  • Effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

For further information about coronavirus, visit the HHS’ Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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