News & Announcements
- Tennessee Pledge
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19 (Spanish)
- OSHA Alerts:
- Enforcement guidance for:
- Handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports (Interim Enforcement Response Plan)
- Recording cases of COVID-19
- Required annual fit-testing in healthcare and all other industries
- Supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs)
- Use of respiratory protection equipment certified under standards of other countries
- Considering employers’ good faith efforts to comply with OSHA-mandated training, audits, assessments, inspections, and testing
- Existing OSHA standards apply to protect workers from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19.
- Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- Many people who get COVID-19 experience only mild illness; however, the virus can cause severe respiratory disease and death.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
- COVID-19 cases in the United States include travelers, close contacts of a known case, and community-acquired cases where the source of the infection is unknown.
- As of March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. CDC and the U.S. Department of State provide the latest information for travelers.
This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus—officially named SARS-CoV-2, which causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Control & Prevention
OSHA provides guidance and resources for employers and workers on the control and prevention of COVID-19. Some sections of this guidance apply to all workers and employers, while other sections focus on those at lower risk of exposure and those with increased risk of exposure