Virginia’s Permanent Standard: Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19
Virginia is the very first state to implement a standard specifically addressing measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This standard is known as Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19, 16VAC25-220. It serves as a supplement to enhance existing Virginia OSHA (VOSH) laws, rules, and regulations and applies to all employers, employees, and places of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
A brief recap of important information:
- A written Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan must be updated to reflect changes in the standard or created and implemented by March 26, 2021 for groups that fall into the very high, high, and medium with 11 or more workers’ level of risk.
- Required elements of the Plan:
- Hazard assessment listing the different risk levels and what activities that increase the risk to the worker.
- Exposure Assessment for all workers.
- Training on the regulation, the virus, and measure to reduce the spread of infection.
- Employer notification of exposure to workers and subcontractors.
- HVAC evaluation.
- Written sick leave and return to work policies.
- Occupancy signage.
- Statement of nondiscrimination for workers when exercising their rights under the standard.
- All employees should be trained about the updated standard, COVID 19, prevention measures, and the Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan by March 26, 2021.
You need to have both the written plan and the training to be compliant with Virginia Standard Infectious Disease and Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID – 19 §16VAC25-220.
Who needs this training?
All employers, employees, and places of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia
It serves as a supplement to enhance existing VOSH laws, rules, and regulations
What do I do?
Virginia’s COVID – 19 Permanent Standard Webinar
TMC Provides You the Resources You Need
To comply with the Virginia Infectious Disease and Prevention standard each business must provide training to all employees and prepare a written Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response plan if falling into certain risk categories.
Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan
TMC is pleased to present an Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan to meet the requirements of the Infectious Disease and Prevention standard. Employers with employees designated in very high risk, high risk, and medium risk with 11 or more employees, must complete and implement a written plan.
The plan, presented electronically in a PDF fillable format, allows for customization to meet the specific needs of the business, and will address the following:
- Assignment of an Administrator of the plan
- Determining levels of risk based on job tasks and site
- Signs and symptoms of the virus and risk factors that may lead to severe illness if infected.
- Engineering, work practice controls, and PPE that are being utilized
- Contingency operations because of outbreaks
- Basic infection control practices to reduce the spread of the virus
- CDC recommendations that are followed to meet the requirements of this standard.
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