Back in April, OSHA relaxed its guidelines on recording cases of COVID-19 due to the difficulty of determining if it was contracted at the workplace. According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, OSHA has revised that interim guidance and COVID-19 is a recordable illness now. Employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if:
1. The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
2. The case is work-related as defined by 29 CFR § 1904.5; and
3. The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR § 1904.7.
Recording a COVID-19 illness does not, of itself, mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard.
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