We are entering an era that many call “the new normal” but things are changing so rapidly that there are many questions, and the answers change constantly. Just when it seems new cases of Covid-19 infections is decreasing, more cases are reported.
If you are currently working or you are being recalled to your job and you are concerned about your safety in the workplace, you are not alone. Millions of employees are justifiably worried about becoming ill at work.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe place to work, and that includes:
1 – Making sure your facility is fully clean, disinfected and equipped with a blueprint for maintaining safe conditions.
2 – Setting up a support system in place for employees as they return to work and adjust to new realities and emotional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 – Creating a plan for a safe work environment that protects employees and customers alike from risks connected to COVID-19, including exposure and transmission.
These are the basic steps and precautions, there are many more depending on the individual situation.
This is new from the United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
All employers, must determine whether employees who have COVID-19 contracted it at work. There is a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance which everyone should be aware of.
Employers will have to look for information about the cause of an employee’s virus infection while also respecting the worker’s privacy. If the employee caught the coronavirus at work or while performing work-related activities, the employer must record the illness on the OSHA Form 300.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is dedicated to helping those who are injured because of the carelessness, negligence, or malpractice of others. Victims have rights to a safe environment and they also have a constitutional right to seek justice and compensation for their medical bills, lost time from work, and their pain and suffering when someone else is at fault for their sickness or injuries.
Our firm was founded in 1992 to help victims, and we offer free and confidential consultations to anyone who seek our help. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 if you have questions.