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COVID-19: OSHA Updates Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Employees and In Schools

On Aug. 13, 2021, OSHA released updated guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The new guidance updates OSHA’s recommendations for fully vaccinated employees and for schools, and it supplements certain industry-specific guidance.

The new guidance suggests fully vaccinated individuals:

  1. Wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission;

  2. Opt to wear a mask in all areas, particularly if individuals are considered “at-risk” or have someone in their household who is at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated; and

  3. Get tested 3-5 days following known exposure to someone with COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result is received.

OSHA also recommends encouraging or requiring customers and visitors to wear masks whenever possible in areas of substantial or high transmission. OSHA accepts the CDC’s definition of “areas of substantial or high transmission,” which at this time includes almost everywhere in the United States.

Additionally, OSHA proposes schools should continue to follow applicable CDC guidance, which recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

The updated guidance also expands on appropriate measures for protecting workers in the following industries: manufacturing, meat and seafood processing, high-volume retail and grocery, and agricultural processing.

© 2021 Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 228
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Hayey Geiler, Dinsmore Law Firm, Cincinnati, Labor and Employment Attorney
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Hayley is a member of the Labor and Employment Department where she works with clients of all sizes across multiple industries. Her practice focuses on the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts, the Ohio Civil Rights Act and non-compete agreements.

Prior to joining Dinsmore, she served as a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Roderick C. Young in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia where she gained valuable...

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A partner in the Employment, Labor and Benefits Department, Faith has experience guiding clients through issues that arise in the workplace. She handles employment-related litigation for her clients, who range from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Understanding each client has different tolerances and objectives in dealing with employment matters, Faith is passionate about learning her client’s industry and gaining insight into their operations. While always prepared to vigorously proceed through litigation, she teams with her clients...

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