OSHA Releases Guidance on Returning to Work
By Kelly Holden, DBL Law
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a publication entitled “Guidance on Returning to Work” on 17 June 2020. The publication offers guidelines on flexible workplaces, remote work, hygiene, social distancing, and other measures addressed by individual states and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The guide contains relevant information that was previously issued by other agencies. However, it does clarify that if employers are keeping records of health screening or temperature checks, they may qualify as medical records under the Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records standard (29 CFR 1910.1020).
This standard requires that employers retain these records for the duration of the employee’s employment, plus 30 years. However, temperature records do not qualify as medical records unless maintained by a physician, nurse, or other health care personnel or technician. OSHA’s Guidance on Returning to Work can be found here.
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Published: Labour Law Newsletter, No. 09, Autumn 2020 l Photo: Sabrina - stock.adobe.com