OSHA Updates Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19

2020-05-27 |

As workplaces in many parts of the country reopen, OSHA has revised its interim compliance enforcement plan. This guidance is time-limited to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Under the updated guidance:

  • In geographic areas where community spread of COVID-19 has significantly decreased, OSHA will return to the inspection policy that was in place prior to the start of the PHE, except that the agency will continue to prioritize COVID-19 cases.
  • In geographic areas experiencing either sustained elevated community transmission or a resurgence in community transmission of COVID-19, OSHA area directors will exercise their discretion, but continue to prioritize COVID-19 fatalities and imminent danger exposures for inspection. Particular attention for on-site inspections will be given to high-risk workplaces, such as hospitals and other healthcare providers treating patients with COVID-19, as well as workplaces, with high numbers of complaints or known COVID-19 cases.

Read the updated OSHA interim enforcement policy.