Coronavirus in the Workplace: Employers’ Duty to Protect Employees
As the Coronavirus spreads, employers have growing and very real concerns about protecting employees. Also questions on steps they should, and are required, to take to address disease prevention in the workplace.
With employees traveling more and more, the risk of exposure to an infectious disease is growing. OSHA can impose penalties via the “General Duty Clause” and expects employers to comply with OSHA guidance and CDC guidelines. Plus, OSHA is working on additional standards to protect workers from these hazards.
What are the current requirements, and what do the standards mean for employers and their liability? Join us to learn what’s required now, and how you can best protect your workers. In this 60-minute program you’ll learn:
- The coronavirus and other common diseases putting employees at risk today
- OSHA requirements for guarding against infectious diseases in the workplace
- What you need to know about diseases and how they're transmitted
- How employers can protect employees, reduce risks and stay compliant
- Should employers put a stop to employee travel – especially internationally?
OSHA's Requirements for Protecting Against Infectious Diseases
- How concerned should employers be about the coronavirus?
- Which diseases pose the greatest, and likeliest, threat to employees
- Guidelines for disease control and prevention requirements
- OSHA standards covering exposure to infectious diseases
Disease Prevention & Control Best Practices for Employers
- Keys to identifying infectious diseases and how they're transmitted
- What if an employee that has recently traveled to a potentionally infected area?
- Specific infection control guidelines for your workplace
- Training requirements for giving medical aid and treatment
- Reporting requirements once an employee has been infected
Employer Responsibility for Employee Protection: What You Need to Know
- Protection given to infected employees against discipline and retaliation
- Understanding workers' rights and employers' liability
- Job duties and workplaces covered under OSHA standards
About the Speaker
Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CSMP is a nationally recognized authority on Occupational Safety and Health law. She represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation and provides training and safety consultation.
- Abrams is a frequent author on safety, health and legal compliance issues, including writing columns in "Modern Contractor Solutions" and "Pallet Central" magazines, articles in "Professional Safety" and "Compliance,' writing for ASSE publications and co-authoring several books including the widely reviewed "Construction Safety Management and Engineering".
- Abrams is a regular presenter at prestigious safety conferences like the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), where she specializes in providing real-world solutions to real-world problems
With infectious diseases such as the Coronavirus on the rise, and more people traveling internationally, the risk of exposure is at an all-time high. When disease comes into the workplace, it is the employer's responsibility to identify the hazard, and take immediate action to protect employees. In this 60-minute program you will learn what OSHA requires from employers, and steps you can take to protect workers.