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Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace



FYI - OSHA’s Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace was updated to reflect the July 27, 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mask and testing recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

Excerpts are copied below.

Purpose


This guidance is designed to help employers protect workers who are unvaccinated (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk (as defined in the text box below), including if they are immunocompromised, and also implement new guidance involving workers who are fully vaccinated but located in areas of substantial or high community transmission.


https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view


This guidance is intended to help employers and workers not covered by the OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for Healthcare, helping them identify COVID-19 exposure risks to workers who are unvaccinated or otherwise at risk even if they are fully vaccinated (e.g., if they are immunocompromised). See Text Box: Who Are “At-Risk” Workers?

This guidance is also intended to help employers and workers who are located in areas of substantial or high community transmission, who should take appropriate steps to prevent exposure and infection regardless of vaccination status. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in its latest Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People that infections in fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. Moreover, when these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild, reinforcing that vaccines are an effective and critical tool for bringing the pandemic under control.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html


This evidence has led CDC to update recommendations for fully vaccinated people to reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, including by:

  • wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial - or high transmission;

  • choosing to wear a mask regardless of level of transmission, particularly if individuals are at risk or have someone in their household who is at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated; and

  • getting tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wearing a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.2

In this guidance, OSHA adopts analogous recommendations.

Here is a link to the complete guidance online: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework

As of today, the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker indicates that every county in New York and New Jersey has a High community transmission rate. A link to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker is provided so you can monitor your county’s status.


https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view

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