The International Sign Association (ISA) has announced that OSHA has reversed course on an important aspect of COVID-19 and now labels COVID-19 as a recordable illness, 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.
In a May 19 memo, OSHA notes that it can be difficult to determine if the illness is work-related, especially when an employee has experienced exposure inside and outside the workplace. Companies, though, must make a “reasonable effort” to make that determination.
Companies with fewer than ten employees do not have to abide by the record-keeping requirements, according to EHS Today.
OSHA also has stepped up its inspections, issuing new guidance to inspectors. In a memo, also issued May 19, OSHA noted that its staff would prioritize COVID-19 inspections. OSHA had said in April that it would consider “good faith” efforts of employers, but reversed course in May.