This resource center includes links to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OSHA, and other agencies to help employers assess their risk and take preparatory measures if necessary.

Healthcare workers are more likely to be exposed to infectious diseases than workers in other industries, and proper personal protective equipment (PPE) procedures are essential to keeping these employees safe. Other workers at higher risk for exposure include airline and travel workers; mortuary and death care workers; laboratory workers; border, customs, and quarantine personnel; and emergency responders.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the CDC currently recommends avoiding all nonessential travel, allowing or expanding remote work if possible, enhancing cleaning and disinfection procedures, and emphasizing hygiene practices among employees who remain on the job.

Occupational exposure to certain infectious diseases is covered under OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standard at 29 CFR 1910.1030. Other relevant standards include those for respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134), first aid (29 CFR 1910.151), and PPE (29 CFR 1910.132).

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Emergency Preparedness Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemic Response Plan  National
Health - General Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemics: Prevention and Response  National
Health - General Acute Respiratory Illness Pandemics: Prevention and Response  National
Emergency Preparedness Compensation During Disasters/Emergencies Policy  National
Health - General COVID-19 and the Workplace: Housekeeping and Hygiene  National
Health - General COVID-19 and the Workplace: Housekeeping and Hygiene (Exercise 1)  National
Health - General COVID-19 and the Workplace: Housekeeping and Hygiene (Exercise 2)  National
Health - General COVID-19 Checklist: Firefighters and EMS Personnel  National
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Health - General COVID-19 Checklist: Hotels and Lodging Facilities  National
Health - General COVID-19 Checklist: K-12 Schools  National
Health - General COVID-19 Checklist: Law Enforcement  National
Health - General COVID-19 Checklist: Reopening the Workplace  National
Health - General COVID-19 Poster  National
Health - General COVID-19 Poster (Spanish)  National
Respiratory Protection COVID-19 Q&A: Respirators and Masks  National
Emergency Preparedness COVID-19: Best Practices Checklist for Employers  National
Health - General COVID-19: Cloth face coverings  National
Wellness COVID-19: Managing the stress of returning to the workplace  National
Health - General COVID-19: Preventing the spread in the workplace  National
Health - General COVID-19: Preventing the spread in the workplace (video version)  National
Health - General COVID-19: State Information, Orders, and Guidance  National
Emergency Preparedness Disaster Planning - What Supervisors Need to Know (PPT)  National
Emergency Preparedness Disaster Planning: What Employees Need to Know  National
Emergency Preparedness Disaster Planning: What Employees Need to Know (PPT)  National
Respiratory Protection Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic  National
Health - General Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes  National
Health - General Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes [CDC and EPA]  National
Health - General Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 [OSHA]  National
Emergency Preparedness How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace During a Pandemic [OSHA]  National
Emergency Preparedness How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace During a Pandemic [OSHA] (Spanish)  National
Health - General Important Information About Your Cloth Face Coverings  National
Emergency Preparedness Infographic: COVID-19  National
Emergency Preparedness Life-Threatening Illnesses Policy  National
Emergency Preparedness Model Telecommuting/Remote Work Agreement  National
Respiratory Protection OSHA Factsheet: Respiratory Infection Control: Respirators Versus Surgical Masks  National
Respiratory Protection OSHA Factsheet: Respiratory Infection Control: Respirators Versus Surgical Masks (Spanish)  National
Respiratory Protection OSHA issues temporary respirator enforcement directive 03/17/2020National
Emergency Preparedness Pandemic Provision for Telecommuting  National
Healthcare Safety PPE at healthcare facilities amid COVID-19 crisis 03/17/2020National
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