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OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Alert to Restaurants & Beverage Vendors

On May 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new safety alert for restaurant and food and beverage businesses operating during the pandemic. In the alert, OSHA suggests that restaurants providing curbside and takeout service should reserve parking spaces near the front door for pickup, avoid handing food off directly when possible, and allow workers to wear masks.

OSHA also urged businesses to display signs detailing their services such as pickup instructions and hours; take “sensible social distancing” measures such as moving workstations or installing plexiglass partitions; provide alcohol-based hand rubs and a place to wash hands; train workers in proper hygiene practices and the use of workplace controls; and encourage workers to report safety and health concerns.

This alert is the latest in a series of industry-specific documents OSHA has issued offering recommendations on ways to protect workers and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency has made the tips available in a one-page poster employers can display in the workplace.

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Jane H. Heidingsfelder, Jones Walker, MSHA Employer Representation Lawyer, Injury Reporting Policy Attorney
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Jane Heidingsfelder is a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office. She has extensive experience representing clients in a wide array of industries before the Occupational Safety & Health Administration ("OSHA") and Mine Safety & Health Administration ("MSHA"). In particular, she is frequently asked to assist companies during on-site safety and health investigations, as well as in subsequent litigation with the Department of Labor. 

Ms. Heidingsfelder has defended clients in state and federal...

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