OSHA and CDC Provide Helpful Guidance and Information on Coronavirus

As you no doubt know, the new coronavirus is spreading across the globe and US government officials have said it’s not a question of IF coronavirus will spread in the US but rather WHEN (and also, what the consequences will be).

That’s not to panic you–panic won’t help–but it is to say that you’d be wise to check out some credible authorities, learn more, and consider coming up with a plan about how your organization will prepare for the possibilities (and of course, how you’ll manage this issue in your personal life and with your families/loved ones/etc.).

We are not medical experts or public health authorities, so we thought the best thing we could do was point you toward some people who know what they’re talking about: the CDC and OSHA, both of whom have created helpful resources for you.

Here’s the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage. There’s a subsection of this larger webpage titled Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

And here’s the OSHA Safety & Health Topic Page for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

And here’s a new CDC page (we think) for creating a coronavirus/COVID-19 Home Preparedness Plan.

We’ll continue adding helpful resources to this article as we find them. Please feel free to suggest your own in the comments section below.

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto

Jeffrey Dalto is an Instructional Designer and the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training. He's worked in training/learning & development for 25 years, in safety and safety training for more than 10, is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry OSHA 10 and 30, has completed a General Industry Safety and Health Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington/Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and an Instructional Design certification from the Association of Talent Development (ATD), and is a member of the committee creating the upcoming ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 national standard on online environmental, health, and safety training. Jeff frequently writes for magazines related to safety, safety training, and training and frequently speaks at conferences on the same issues, including the Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, the Wisconsin Safety Conference, the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) Conference, and others.

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