COVID-19 Training For Businesses Returning To The Workplace

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Date: 2020/09/25 17:45:00

At Clear Law Institute, our COVID-19 training complies with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines as well as mandatory state training laws that have come into effect because of today’s climate. 

Users love our training because they can do it on the go and finish the training on their computer, tablet, and even their smartphone. Plus, our courses are available in both English and Spanish. As the guidelines for COVID are updated, employees can retake the training with the updates at no additional cost.

Let’s discuss a little bit more about what the COVID-19 Training entails as well as answer some of the most frequently asked questions about returning to the workplace.

Returning To The Workplace? Your Business Needs COVID-19 Training

If your business is returning to the workplace, then most likely you’ll need your business to go through an OSHA approved training to ensure the safety of your employees and your customers. 

FREE SHRM Webinar on COVID-19 Workplace Safety Training Requirements

Clear Law has recently partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to provide a free webinar on the COVID-19 workplace safety training requirements throughout the US. This webinar goes over the requirements that vary state-by-state, as well as what topics must be addressed in training provided. It also covers how employers can provide engaging training that will help keep your employees safe and informed.  

Beyond Check-the-Box Training

Because of the health risks and the lack of knowledge surrounding COVID-19, we think that employers must go beyond “check-the-box” training. You want to give your employees a training course that not only complies with legal requirements but also provides practical guidance needed to maintain a safer working environment. Our COVID-19 training is fully narrated and is equipped with numerous interactive animations, video demonstrations, and practical exercises.

Ongoing Updates

The virus is constantly changing, which means that the guidance and advice from the CDC, OSHA, and other agencies are constantly changing too. We’ll make sure that our training courses stay updated as required by laws and ordinances. Your employees can retake the training when the guidelines change at no additional cost. 

FAQ’s About COVID-19 Training

Read through some of our most asked questions when it comes to COVID-19 training.

When does Covid-19 workplace safety training need to be provided to employees?

We think that best practices is to provide COVID-19 workplace safety training before or very soon after employees return to the workplace. There are a few states that require COVID-19 training, like Connecticut and Kentucky, before a business is allowed to reopen. The goal is to keep employees safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19, so though some states remain silent on the training issue, it would serve businesses well to train sooner than later. 

What content needs to be included in the Covid-19 workplace safety training?

Each state has different content requirements of COVID-19 workplace safety training for each industry. However, there is a general consensus for what should be included in workplace training. It should include a general description of COVID-19 and it’s symptoms. Try to cover when to seek medical attention, how to prevent the spread, and include company policies for how specifically you’re preventing the spread. The content should also include worker health and safety, including proper hygiene practices like how to appropriately wash hands.

Are employees required to wear face coverings in the workplace?

Depending on your state, you may be required to wear face coverings in the workplace under certain circumstances. Certain exceptions usually apply to face covering requirements, including when wearing a face covering is prevented by the employee’s medical or mental health condition or disability.

Our COVID-19 training ensures that employees know how to properly put on, wear, and take off face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect employees in the workplace.

Are employees required to practice social distancing in the workplace?

More and more states are requiring that employees practice social distancing in the workplace under certain circumstances. Our training will make sure that your employees know how to properly social distance to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect employees in the workplace. 

Are employees required to stay home from work if they have any Covid-19 symptoms?

Most states require employees to stay home and not report to work if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and have been in close contact with a person who has COVID or is suspected of having COVID. But regardless of the state requirement, it is important to clearly communicate to employees that they should stay home and not report to work if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Your safety is important, and our training will make sure your employees know how to correctly self-screen for symptoms so they know when to stay home. 

What should businesses tell employees about Covid-19 workplace safety?

The CDC recommends that employees take certain steps to protect themselves at work: 

  • Follow the policies and procedures of the employer-related to illness, cleaning and disinfecting, and work meetings and travel.
  • Stay home if sick, except to get medical care.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 ft. from all other persons
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing noses, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc.
  • Minimize handling cash, credit cards, and mobile or electronic devices when possible.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet away from co-workers, customers, and visitors when possible.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel 

Does OSHA recommend Covid-19 workplace safety training?

OSHA recommends that all employers provide training on worker health and safety, and that includes proper hygiene practices. They also recommend providing up to date training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors, such as cough etiquette and handwashing and using protective clothing and equipment properly. 

Why should an employer provide Covid-19 workplace safety training in states where it is not legally required?

Providing COVID-19 training to your employees can help ensure that your team feels safe in the workplace, and minimize any potential liability related to COVID. For example, employers must provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment under the “General Duty Clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA has the authority to issue “General Duty” citations against employers for failing to keep the workplace free of a known hazard. There are four required elements of a General Duty Clause violation: (1) the employer failed to keep the workplace free of a hazard to which employees were exposed; (2) the hazard was recognized; (3) the hazard was causing or was likely to cause death or serious physical harm; and, (4) there was a feasible and useful method to correct the hazard. Based on the ease at which COVID-19 spreads, OSHA could justify issuing such a citation based on the fact that, among other things, the employer failed to follow OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA Guidance), which recommends workplace safety training to ensure employees know the proper safety measures that must be taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.

Other liability issues could arise, such as wrongful death, especially if an employee’s family is able to show that the employer acted “negligently” or “recklessly” and failed to follow OSHA’s guidance. Employers could also be liable for workers’ compensation claims should a Covid-19 outbreak occur in the workplace, making it more likely for employees to successfully claim exposure to Covid-19 in the course of employment.

Ready to Get Started?

Clear Law Institute works hard to provide accurate and up to date training on all forms of workplace training, from COVID-19 to sexual harassment. When you want to provide training that will actually stick and be engaging to your team members, then give us a call or reach out for a free consultation today. 

We’ll help you comply with your state’s laws and make sure you’re legally up to date.

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