NY issues infectious disease prevention rules for employers
The New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday released its plan to prevent exposure to airborne infectious diseases under the newly enacted New York City Essential Rights and Health Act, which requires the state to create various industry-specific model plans for the prevention of airborne infectious diseases.
Under the law, employers who are not subject to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Temporary Emergency Standard for the prevention of COVID-19 – which only applies to the healthcare – may choose to adopt the applicable policy template / plan provided by the state DOL or by August 5, establish an alternative plan that âmeets or exceedsâ the minimum requirements of the standard.
The plan provides for the establishment of infectious disease exposure controls, such as social distancing, face coverings, disinfection and hand hygiene, in the event of “an infectious agent or airborne disease designated by the health commissioner as a highly contagious communicable disease. disease which presents a serious risk of harm to public health. The rules also include anti-retaliation measures to protect workers who report unsafe conditions.
In addition to the general model plan, several industry-specific rules have also been published, covering industries such as agriculture, construction, emergency response, food service, manufacturing, education, transportation. and retail.
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