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OSHA Updates Guidance For Protecting Employees From COVID-19

Aug 25, 2021

On August 13, 2021, OSHA updated its COVID-19 guidance for employers—Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace—to incorporate guidance from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) July 27, 2021, revised mask recommendations for vaccinated individuals. Importantly, OSHA’s guidance now recommends:

  • Employers should consider adopting policies requiring workers to get vaccinated. In addition, unvaccinated workers should undergo regular COVID-19 testing, wear masks and practice physical distancing.
  • Fully vaccinated workers in areas of the country with substantial or high community transmission should wear masks to protect unvaccinated workers, vendors and customers. See COVID-19 Integrated County View Data Tracker.
  • Fully vaccinated workers who experience a known close contact exposure to COVID-19 should wear masks for at least 14 days or until they receive a negative result for a COVID test taken at least three days after the known exposure.

Please also pay close attention to applicable state and local laws. For more information, see NADA’s FAQs: Dealership Health and Safety Concerns During a Pandemic or contact Greyson Hannigan, NJ CAR Director of Legal Affairs at [email protected].