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The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has released the final version of the emergency standard for infectious disease prevention: SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. This Standard applies to all employers, employees, and employment agencies in Virginia that are within the jurisdiction of the VOSH Program. The standard enters into force immediately after publication in a public circulation newspaper in Richmond, Va. This publication is expected the week of July 27.
Certain components of the standard include:
- Requirements for employers to assess their workplace for hazards and job tasks that could potentially expose employees to the virus and to classify each job task as very high, high, medium or lower risk levels for exposure
- Mandatory requirements for all employers and additional requirements for employers with hazards or job tasks classified as Very high, high or medium exposure risk.
- Requirements for developing an infectious disease contingency and response plan for employers with risks or job responsibilities classified as Very High and High and employers classified as means with 1
- Training Requirements
- Virginia Department of Health must be notified within 24 hours after the discovery of a positive case.
- The Department of Labor and Industry shall be notified within 24 hours of the discovery of three (3) or more employees present at the place of employment within a 14-day period testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the 14th day time period.
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) has pledged to provide resources to help employers meet the standard.
Please contact your Scott Risk Advisor or Risk Performance Specialist with questions or concerns about your company's ongoing needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.