Food and Drug Quality Supervisors inspect quality in factory. Staff wear masks and helmets for cleanliness and safety in drinking water and drug production lines during the COVID 19 outbreak.

On August 13, OSHA issued updated guidance to help employers protect workers from the coronavirus. The guidance is specifically aimed at protecting workers in high-risk workplaces where not all workers many be vaccinated, such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Meat, seafood, and poultry processing
  • High volume retail and grocery
  • Agricultural processing

The latest guidance:

  • Recommends that fully vaccinated workers in areas of substantial or high community transmission should wear masks to protect unvaccinated workers
  • Recommends that fully vaccinated workers who have close contacts with people with coronavirus should wear masks for up to 14 days unless they have a negative coronavirus test at least 3-5 days after such contact
  • Clarifies recommendations to protect unvaccinated and other at-risk workers in the industries listed above
  • Links to the latest guidance on K-12 schools and CDC statements on public transit

The recommendations to protect unvaccinated and other at-risk workers include the following:

  • Physical distancing
  • Staggering break times or providing separate break facilities
  • Staggering arrival and departure times
  • Providing visual cues such as floor markings to remind workers about physical distancing
  • Requiring all workers, as well as encouraging or requiring customers and visitors, to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status
  • Improving ventilation

For more information, see the OSHA press release or the full updated guidance.

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