OSHA Issues New Guidance on Recording Cases of COVID-19 Disease

Today, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance about an employer's duty to record an employee's diagnosis of COVID-19 as work-related under OSHA's standard for workplace injury and illness reporting. 

In particular, the guidance focuses on the reasonableness of the employer's determination that an employee's contraction of the disease is work-related. Among the factors considered are: the evidence available to the employer, factors such as whether the employer was exposed to a co-worker or customer with a known case of COVID-19, work with frequent exposure to the public and no other known source of transmission, and the extent to which the employee's contact with family or close personal associates exposes the employee to COVID-19.

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