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OSHA Releases COVID-19 Industry Alert for Package Delivery Industry

On April 13, 2020, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an industry-specific alert for the package delivery industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The alert provides guidance tailored to the package delivery industry, but it is equally useful for any company using its own employees to deliver goods to customers or clients.

OSHA recommends the following:

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.

  • Establish flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts) where feasible.

  • Practice sensible social distancing, and maintain six feet between co-workers where possible.

  • Minimize interaction between drivers and customers by leaving deliveries at loading docks, doorsteps, or other locations that do not require person-to-person exposures.

  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.

  • Promote personal hygiene. If workers do not have access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Provide tissues, as well as disinfectants and disposable towels workers can use to clean work surfaces, including vehicle interiors.

  • Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent them from spreading the virus.

  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ tools and equipment.

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus.

  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

OSHA plans to issue additional alerts by industry.

©2021 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 108
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Robert J. O’Hara Labor and employment lawyer Epstein Becker
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ROBERT J. O’HARA* is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. His practice focuses on employment law counseling and litigation as well as human resources counseling, compliance, and training.

Mr. O’Hara’s experience includes:

  • Conducting and overseeing workplace investigations (including sexual harassment, bribery, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, product quality, supply chain theft, and malfeasance of every kind), executive terminations, and...
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