OSHA has provided considerations for employers to take into account when conducting COVID-19 training. This training can vary depending on a worker’s job tasks, exposure risks, and the type of protocols in place to protect workers. These considerations include the following topics:
- The basics of how COVID-19 spreads.
- What measures should be taken for workers to protect themselves from exposure and infection. This includes handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, social distancing, and the use of any PPE and/or other workplace controls.
- Discuss what workers should do if they are sick, including staying home and reporting any symptoms of COVID-19 to their supervisor.
Employers should keep in mind that OSHA still requires specific training for workers, such as how to follow OSHA’s personal protective equipment (PPE) standards. Proper use of PPE includes wearing protective equipment for the eyes, face, head. Other PPE standards, which are also suitable for COVID-19 training, includes the use of respiratory devices and protective shields and barriers. OSHA has these standards to protect workers at all times, not only limited in response to the pandemic.