Greg Sizemore, vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), released a statement about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) guidance on recording cases of COVID-19 the agency gave April 10.
“ABC is pleased OSHA has clarified its position regarding the recordability of COVID-19 cases under its recordkeeping rules, which provides greater certainty to our member contractors,” Sizemore stated. “As a member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, we expressed in a March letter to OSHA significant concerns about putting construction contractors in an almost impossible position of determining whether a particular case of COVID-19 that presents in the workplace is considered work-related. The updated OSHA guidance will continue to let contractors focus on the taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overall jobsite safety, which is paramount for ABC and its 21,000-plus members.”
To view OSHA’s statement, visit www.osha.gov/memos/2020-04-10/enforcement-guidance-recording-cases-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.