Many employers are struggling to meet the goals of restarting their normal functions while attempting to do so without exposing their employees to COVID-19. The Utah Labor Commission, State of Utah Health Department, and Utah Occupational Safety & Health (UOSH) have teamed up to produce guidance for businesses and government agencies for protecting their high-risk employees who are an important part of their workplaces. There are general and industry-specific measures recommended that will help to protect employees in the workplace from contracting COVID-19. Documentation regarding this can be downloaded here.
The Hierarchy of Controls illustration, provided on the first page, is a tried and true hazard assessment tool that can also be applied to any hazards employees may encounter in the workplace. Under OSHA and Utah law, employers are required to formally assess all hazards their employees are likely to encounter while doing their job at their workplace. This assessment must be certified with a signature of supervisor or other management personnel.
If you have any questions regarding this or other OSHA standards that are enforced by UOSH Compliance, please fill out the Consultation Visit Request and return it to Evelyn Partner, UOSH’s Public Sector Safety & Industrial Hygienist Consultant. She will arrange a time to visit your requested location(s) to help recognize hazards and find remedies for them. At this time, UOSH Compliance has a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) focused on inspections of local government facilities in Utah. If a Consultation Visit is requested or under way, they will defer to Consultation. After a Consultation visit is completed, an LEP two-year deferral letter can be issued for the location visited, preventing programmed UOSH Compliance visits at your facility for that time.
UOSH Consultation is a free, confidential service that does not result in citations or fines, available to any employer in Utah. Questions may be directed to the UOSH office any time Monday – Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm by calling (801) 530-6855 and is available Monday through Friday.