Emergency COVID regulations are taking place in Virginia. Here is a quick overview of what you can expect, and how Safety Reports can help you and your team stay compliant.
Virginia has become the first state to pass a COVID Emergency Regulation and we are sure this will be the first of many. According to the regulation:
In summary, these newly adopted standards require all employers, at a minimum, to mandate social distancing measures and face coverings for employees in customer-facing positions. When social distancing is not possible, employers must provide frequent access to hand washing or hand sanitizer and regularly clean high-contact surfaces. Also, new standards require all employees to be notified within 24 hours if a coworker tests positive for the virus. Employees who are known or suspected to be positive for COVID-19 cannot return to work for ten days or until they receive two consecutive negative tests.
These requirements are to take effect during the week of July 27, 2020.
To conclude, we realize these standards are specific to the Commonwealth of Virginia, but we expect that several states will follow with similar procedures. We feel these protocols will be a good model for workplaces across the U.S. to follow, regardless of whether or not they are issued in your state.
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