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Several states currently require employers to provide COVID-19 workplace safety training to employees. This article outlines the state-specific orders, guidelines, and regulations mandating COVID-19 employee training and OSHA’s training recommendation in its revised COVID-19 workplace guidance.
OSHA’s guidance on Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace advises employers to “educate and train workers” on numerous COVID-19 safe work practices.
Even if not required at the federal level, employers should provide all employees with COVID-19 workplace safety training. Under the Act’s “General Duty Clause,” employers must provide workers with a safe and healthy workplace. Employers can meet this requirement by, in part, training employees on COVID-19 safe work practices. Training employees on safe work practices also demonstrates an employer’s commitment to employee safety and minimizes the risk of government enforcement actions, workers’ compensation claims, and employment litigation.
Multiple States Already Require COVID-19 Safety Training
Several states require employers to provide COVID-19 workplace safety training to employees. Those states include California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia. Many of these states also mandate the specific content that must be included in the employee training. As multiple employers have learned the hard way, states issue citations to employers who do not provide fully compliant COVID-19 workplace safety training.
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