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Nolia G. Batey
Attorney at Law

OSHA’s Zika Guidance for Employers with Outdoor Workers

Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued interim guidance for outdoor workers.   If you employee outdoor workers, check out the following snapshot of OSHA's guidance on preventing exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

  • Inform workers of their risks of exposure.
  • Provide workers insect repellants and encourage their use.  
  • Provide workers with clothing that covers their hands, arms, legs, and encourage them to wear the clothing. 
  • Consider providing your outdoor workers with hats that have mosquito netting that covers the neck and face.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water which are considered mosquito breeding areas.  Train workers to recognize the importance of eliminating these breeding areas.
  • Consider reassigning indoor tasks to any female worker who indicates she is pregnant or may become pregnant.  Do the same for any male worker who is partnered with someone who is pregnant or may become pregnant.
  • Advise workers to seek prompt medical treatment if infection symptoms develop.


You can read the full announcement here.


 


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